CFA Questions

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  1. BenjaminZ

    BenjaminZ Member

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    Hello all.

    I have a few questions regarding admissions and the CFA.

    1. Is there a deadline to take the test? It's already October and I really don't feel prepared for it so I'd like to have more time to work on this.

    2. How decisive is it in the application? I know I can pass, but I don't exactly believe getting a low score will be impressive.

    3. I'm nervous about my pushups. My arms tend to lock out after about 25 consecutive, and I've been doing them with a weight vest and almost every day. Any tips on improving these fast?

    Thanks!
     
  2. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Don't do them with a weight vest then.

    Try to do 5x max effort push-ups (max effort = like you need help to stand up every time you're done with a set) every other day. If you're doing it right, it is gonna be ridiculously sore after you are done.

    That's Muscle-Failure training: what you are doing is ripping all your fibers of the muscles you use for doing push-ups. That's where "no pain, no gain" comes from.

    Good luck!


    EDIT: Don't do MFT training such as this one a week before the CFA.
     
  3. lokichaos

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    1. There really isn't a dead line per say. Just get it done before the application closes, however if you have not completed the CFA and has received and LOA, then there is a deadline. Mine is Oct 15, 11 days left yikes!

    2. Once again, at least from what I understand, this will depend on your status, are you a recruited athlete? Passing is 'enough' but don't settle on that. Sure getting maxed outs look better, but if your in a time crunch, just passing will do.

    3. Take a rest after say every ten push ups or so, remember you have 2 WHOLE Minutes to do the push ups. Rest by sticking your but in the air to take off some weight from your arms. I'm a girl thats not amazing at push ups but when I do it this way I can do about 40, give or take, within the two minutes. Learn to pace yourself.

    A question of my own, any tips on training for pull ups? Still having some issues with that. :/
     
  4. McCoy

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    Bill's advice is basicly how I got to 75. Do them untill failure without the vest. Oh, and I have to disagree with loki, your average will be more because you're a male so you'll need to rest as little as you can handle. I do as many as possible before the rest and really 2 minutes isn't a whole lot of time (I don't think). Good luck
     
  5. BillSL

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    Forgot to add: rest NO MORE than 1 minute or 2 between sets. In the last set you should be doing very few push ups and feeling a lot of pain.
     
  6. soldier15R

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    just dont think about it, just do them. set a goal to get to without stopping or taking a break i.e. my goal is always 50 once i get there ill stop for about 5 seconds catch my breath then knock out 15 more, at that point only 45 seconds have gone by. I do that till about 95 an then the time is out but thats just how i do it an it works for me....I havent taken the CFA yet but this works for a regular Army PT test
     
  7. lokichaos

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    true since he is a guy the max out and average are higher. Two minutes is acutally a lot of time. I do ten then take five seconds for a breather. You could get 50 done in just 70 secs. Either way good luck on the CFA!
     
  8. BenjaminZ

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    Thanks for all the advice. I am a varsity wrestler and on an olympic weightlifting team, ironically I am just barely making the cut on pushups.

    @BillSL, I will definitely begin this routine, sounds very promising.
     
  9. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Get a pull up bar and put it in a doorway you go through often. Everytime (EVERYtime) you go under it, do a pullup (even if you can't complete it). Every other day, do 5x max effort pullups, with 2 minutes TOPS of rest between each set.
     
  10. Tainted

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    Great advice on the pullups. I went from not being able to do any to being able to do about 3 just doing this. It was actually addicting because I was always ready to get that number up one more. I then started following a plan, and about one more week later, I am up to 5.
     

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