50 Fitness challenges to shake up your fitness journey.
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No.9 Pass the US Marine Corp Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
Are you ready maggot? I can’t help but think of Full Metal Jacket when I see army fitness tests like this. Simple yet brutally difficult if you are trying to reach the highest standards.
It starts with unbroken strict pull ups with no time limit, you can use a pronated or supinated grip for this (you can even switch between them). Continuing from the pull ups are the crunches, possibly seen as the easiest part of the test, arms crossed on the chest knees bent at 90 and each sit up (crunch) is from shoulder blades touching the ground up to arms touching the thighs. Keep blasting out sit ups for two minutes, your feet may be held for this.
The final section of the test is the 3-mile run, which is about 5 kilometers, as fast as you can. I am not a military man (obviously, lol), but I can imagine there is fierce sense of competition and pride when it comes to completing this test.
You can find the standards easily online if you look for your specific sex and age grouping but for the pullups male score of over 20 is exceptional with female exceptional score at over 10. The crunches for a high score you need to be over 100 for both males and females. The run should be completed in under 19 minutes for a male for an excellent time and under 22 minutes for a female.
My Experience – I passed the US Marine Corp Physical Fitness Test, I can now go to war, right? Nope, I am way too soft for the army. Not a particularly tough standard to reach a passing score, but to be elite exceptional would be extremely tough.
Fun Fact – you can calculate what class you would be using this link, see what class you are. https://www.fitness.marines.mil/Portals/211/FitnessCalc/calc.html
Elite Challenge – Elite PFT 20 pull ups, 110 crunches and 19-minute 3-mile run
Alternate Test – New PFT – complete 50 Pullups, 200 crunches and 3 mile run in under 35minutes
Fit Fifty Challenge – Passing PFT 5 pull ups, 80 crunches and 28-minute 3-mile run