APFT

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  1. basketball

    basketball New Member

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    It is now summer vacation and I have started to work out in order to be able to pass the APFT the first time around. Running the 2 miles is definitely going to be the most difficult for me to pass.
    Is it pretty common for freshman to not pass the APFT the first time?
    Also, what types of exercises do you do for PT?
     
  2. vampsoul

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    My experience practicing for the APFT:

    Push Ups: do some different types to help improve your arms' overall strength. When you practice the 2 min of push-ups, do NOT stop before the time is up; if you feel like your done, pause (in the position where your arms are not bent) for a couple seconds then keep going.

    Sit-Ups: Same advice; bang them out, pause momentarily if you feel like you are done, then keep going. As my amazing marine gym teacher told me one day, you will do far more if you take two seconds to regroup then if you push out two more sit-ups when you are already dead and fall over before time is up.

    The run: I feel your pain. This time last year the concept of running 2 miles scared the heck out of me. I can't say I've been running as much as I should, but the work I have put into it has made it so every time I've run 2mi in the past couple months I have passed. The key to this would be to develop a running routine. Pick a time of day to run (start at every other day, then you can add days if you wish) and stick to it. If you run at sporadic times it is easy to skip it one day, then another day. Routines keep you working hard, because they become habit. Do some other forms of cardio as well to improve your endurance, such as biking. Surprisingly, using a stationary bike at the gym actually improved my endurance a lot.

    Good luck!
     
  3. plmmar

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    You need to start with a plan. These sites will help you to develop a fitness regimen specifically for the APFT.

    http://www.startfitness.com/pdf/037.pdf

    http://fatalfitness.com/profiles/blogs/max-out-the-us-army-physical

    Although he too was worried, ds passed his APFT during his orientation/ interview process. Was told that he was one of two that passed the first time around. He developed a training schedule based on similar recommendations above.

    Good luck.:smile:
     
  4. Centhea

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    Another thing that will help you is to get a workout buddy. My son worked out with a couple of Air Force folks we were friends with and it helped him a lot to learn how to run with folks who had been doing it for a long time. By the end of the summer they had a regular group of military folks running together.

    I know a couple folks getting ready for Marine OCS and the Marine Recruiters let them run with their delayed entry folks who are getting ready for Boot.
     
  5. awhin3

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    I agree with the partner thing. Also, give crossfit a try, it is no joke, tried and true. Remember, don't train just to do apft exercises, train to be an all around athlete, and most of all a future soldier.
     

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