CFA Question

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  1. Thomas11

    Thomas11 New Member

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    I had my dad record my scores on each of the CFA events within the time constraints today, and these are the results:

    Basketball Throw: 80 ft
    Pull-ups: 6
    Push-ups: 45
    Sit-ups: 65
    Shuttle Run: 8.5 sec
    Mile Run: 5:25

    So...that's above average in three, but also below average in three. So my question is: does above average/excellent performance in some events make up for below average/borderline scores in others? Don't tell me to try to improve my other scores or shoot for the maxes, because I will....I just want a straight-forward answer.

    Thanks!
    Thomas
     
  2. vampsoul

    vampsoul Candidate

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    From my experience, it can. I maxed three events, did average in one, and bellow average in two.
     
  3. USMAalltheway

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    It definitely does. I maxed pushups, situps, and pullups, but bombed the bball throw and shuttle run. You have to get your pullups and pushups and situps higher(especially the pushups). You still have lots of time so no worries but just saying. PM me if you need and help with getting any of that stuff up in scores:thumb:

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  4. freedomtruck

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    I'm in the exact same situation as USMAalltheway. Being a relatively small-sized and light male, I can dominate the pullups, pushups, and situps. But I can't get over 60ft on the basketball throw!
     
  5. AgentOh2

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    I can max out pushups and situps (about average for pull-ups) but can get pretty close to maxing the 102 feet in basketball (I think thats it, give or take a few feet). But I recently threw a football about 32 yards while kneeling, which is roughly 106 feet but I'm not sure if it's easier with a football or harder.. :/ Regardless, throwing while kneeling is tough, but I'd say that's the easiest to raise since form has much to do with it. The others will take time, and depending on when you take the test. By the way, you'll get more push-ups in if you do them quickly and explosively rather than taking your time pacing, just what I've figured while doing them.
     
  6. freedomtruck

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    Wow, how did you manage to get close to 102 feet? I'd be very satisfied with anything above 70.
     
  7. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

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    I have the mile, situps and the pull ups under control, haven't tried the shuttle or bball throw yet, but just can't seem to get any better at push ups. As pathetic as it seems, i can't seem to get more than about 35-40 without getting up. I will try the quick, explosive idea that someone mentioned, but outside of lifting weights, does anyone have any advice on improving the pushups?
     
  8. sturner11

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    Lifting weights is not what you should be doing for military style fitness. Period. You need endurance, not bulk and power.

    The best way to get better at push ups is to do a whole lot of push ups. Just do at least 4 max sets at least 4 times a week. Mix it up though; do diamond, wide and weighted (with a weight vest or a plate on your back) push ups a day or two out of your work out week.

    Over the past 3 months I have gone from:10 to 17 pull ups
    60 to 80 sit ups
    35 to 55-60 push ups
    by just doing a lot of pull/push/sit ups an an extremely consistent basis (about 5 times a week).
     
  9. USMAalltheway

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    Agent, throwing a football while kneeling is a lot easier than throwing a basketball...different areodynacmics and radius as it is.

    Mntman17, if you need help with improving on the push-ups...PM me:thumb:

    Sturner11, You're kind of right. I'm not trying to start an argument or any junk like that...but no, you need a mix of both strength and endurance. Your push-up regiment sounds great and I'm glad your focusing on the CFA events in particular, but yes...you definitely need strength not just endurance. Just not so much weightlifting, maybe one really heavy or two moderate workouts a week on top of your push-ups, pull-ups, whatever. You could go way higher in your pushup score too, you just need to burn out more. PM me if you want, I'm here to help applicants into the academies.:smile:

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  10. freedomtruck

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    I've learned that the best way to train for the CFA and CBT is through only calisthenics training. I myself have abandoned all weight training, and only use my own body as resistance. If you do go for weights, always do high reps of low weight.

    Check out the Barmasters. They train a lot with pushups and the pullup bar.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqqjNAfJtZA
     

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