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    Default 30 Days Till Ship & APFT Readiness

    Hello all. I've got 30 days left till I leave for Fort Sill BCT (Nov 14 2011) for 13R (Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator) and I had some questions regarding my readiness and what else I can do to prepare for the APFT.

    I used to be a real big guy and weighed almost 300lbs way back when, but now I'm down to 200lbs which is right around the limit for my age group (23) but I was a little concerned about the APFT.

    Right now I'm running about a 8:30 mile and a 17:30 2-mile. In addition I could do about 25-30 pushups in a minute and can do around 25 sit-ups in a minute. I know this is not really ideal, but again try to remember that I was coming from a place where I probably could not even run a year ago. I just wanted to know if there was anything I could do to improve these numbers before I leave, and if this will be alright for the screening APFT?

    Right now as for physical fitness training, I've been walking 3-4miles/ running 1.5miles alternating days, also alternating between pushup days and situp days where I just spread out pushup and situps till failure throughout day.

    I don't have any problem with my diet, I'm eating super-healthy (light on carbs, high protein, low fat), like steamed mixed greens and skinless baked chicken breast, egg whites, etc, etc. I'm losing at a steady rate of a few pounds a month and hope to be around 185lbs before I leave.

    I'd appreciate any help anyone could give, you members are a wealth on information and appreciate all your other posts, you've helped a lot.

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    Hi, We have the same ship date. We're going to different places though! My friend showed me this video a few weeks ago, started doing it today. It's supposedly a way to increase your pushups or pullups in a short amount of time.

    Increasing Your Pullups and Pushups - YouTube

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavecoolhats View Post
    Hi, We have the same ship date. We're going to different places though! My friend showed me this video a few weeks ago, started doing it today. It's supposedly a way to increase your pushups or pullups in a short amount of time.

    Increasing Your Pullups and Pushups - YouTube

    Good luck!
    Good luck to you too. Thanks for the vid I'll be sure to check it out.

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    Do lots of pushups and situps. Every time you think of it. If you're watching TV, drop and do pushups every other commercial break, and situps the ones you're not doing pushups. Just keep doing them.

    Do two minute sets, as many as you can. For pushups, once you reach muscle failure, go to your knees and continue knocking them out. For situps, once you reach muscle failure, start helping yourself up. BUT KEEP DOING THEM.

    Go into your Recruiter's office and get feedback on your form. It doesn't matter if you can do 200 pushups in two minutes if only 40 of them get counted.
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    Did you participate in your Recruiter's Future Soldier PT program? Did he give you an APFT? He should have been monitoring your progress & you should have been continuing to improve. A month is a bit too short to get yourself into shape but keep at it like LT Papachop has suggested. Try not to leave your physical progress in the hands of your Drill SGT.

    Begin running 2 miles starting right now. That's what the run portion of the APFT is. If you had more time I'd say do a 5 - miler once a week.

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    Just don't hurt yourself. If you try going too hard right now it will most likely happen, thats why 1 month for PT improvement isn't eactly ideal. The Future Soldier Program really helps you during DEP, it now only makes you more prepared mentally, but it motivates you to improve physically for the PT test every month so you don't get complacent. I reccommend to anybody that they should participate in the FSTP. Good luck.
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