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    you are doing hard work in this forum . thank you

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    bumping up this sticky. I sure do miss Dibble

    I just saw the new online Army Times. Interesting article about PT. Now will be a good reason for women to go infantry lol





    Streamlined test shortens run, pares push-up time and cuts out sit-ups — just don’t call it easy

    By Lance M. Bacon

    revolutionary new physical readiness test will shorten your run distance, eliminate sit-ups, change the way you measure push-ups and add three new events.

    In addition, a new combat readiness test may replace one of the two PT tests soldiers do each year.

    The changes — the first to the PT test since its inception in 1980 — stem from a nearly yearlong effort by Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, deputy commanding general for initial military training, and Frank Palkoska, director of the Army Physical Fitness School. He and a team of 16 fitness and nutri­tion experts have built a new test centered on five events: ■ 60-yard shuttle run

    ■ 1-minute rower

    ■ Standing long jump

    ■ 1-minute push-up

    ■ 1½-mile run Don’t think for a minute that “shorter” and “easier” are synonymous.

    “People look at events and say, ‘That’s easier!’ OK, go ahead and try it,” Hertling said in an exclusive interview with Army Times. “This test is much harder than it looks. I’ve done it and it cer­tainly stresses the different energy systems much more than you anticipate.” Evaluators will spend the next six months putting the test to the test at eight locations. Scoring scales will be finalized during the pilot program. Officials said times and repetitions needed for top scores will be harder to obtain.

    Age groups are reconfigured in five categories: Under 30, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older. Scoring scales will be the same for men and women.

    Hertling briefed the new test to Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey in early February. In the presentation, which he pro­vided to Army Times, Hertling said the current test is not a strong predictor of successful physical performance on the bat­tlefield or in full-spectrum opera­tions because it “does not ade­quately measure components of strength, endurance or mobility.” It instead provides “only a snap­shot” assessment of upper- and lower-body muscular endurance and fails to identify anaerobic capacity. Anaerobic exercises are high-intensity bursts in which oxygen is not used for energy.

    That’s why the run is being cut to 1½ miles, which Hertling calls the “gold standard.” “A 1.5-mile run tests a different energy system in the body,” said Hertling, a triathlete who has a master’s degree in exercise physiology. “The physiology of your body gives you about 12 min­utes of a break-even point for your anaerobic system to kick into your aerobic system. If you know you’re going to go for more than 12 min­utes, you have a tendency to start off slower. When running mile and a half, you’ll tend to run it faster.” The old test opted for a 2-mile run simply because it is easier to measure, Hertling said.

    The rowing and push-up events will be equally tough to provide a more accurate muscular endurance assessment. For example, the new test cuts the push-up time by half, but there’s a catch: You can’t rest. As soon as you pause, you’re done.

    “You literally have to be crank­ing the entire one minute,” Hertling said. “What we found through research is the second minute of the 2-minute test is just kind of struggling through and doesn’t give a true measure of muscle failure.” The new “gender-neutral” test is designed to ensure soldiers can’t train to the events. For three decades, soldiers have pumped up push-ups and sit-ups, and trimmed run times for a better score. But this was at the expense of overall physical training that would enhance mission performance.


    These are realigned in five categories:

    ■ Under 30




    ■ 60 and older Scoring scales will be the same for men and women.


    The new test is also designed to reduce injuries. Roughly one-quar­ter of soldiers’ injuries are a prod­uct of physical training, according to Army statistics.

    The high speed and repetition of push-ups and sit-ups led to overuse injuries in the neck, shoulder and lower back, Hertling said in his brief to Casey. Repeti­tive, high-volume running increases risk of overuse injuries to hips, knees, ankles and feet.

    The test, which is aligned with American College of Sports Medicine and Cooper Institute, also eliminates nonload-bearing alternate aerobic events such as the cycle ergometer and swim.

    While the new test could become policy late this summer, Hertling said it is likely to hap­pen in the next fiscal year, which begins in October. Though Casey will retire long before the test would become official, heir apparent Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of Training and Doc­trine Command, has already given the new test his support. Dempsey has been nominated to be the next chief of staff, pending Senate confirmation, which starts March 3.

    Combat test

    The new program addresses functional fitness, or how well­prepared you are to do what the Army needs you to do.

    Such activity requires an over­all fitness that is neither obtained nor accurately measured by the current system. For example, a soldier may be able to do 1,000 push-ups but unable traverse a mountain. Another may be able to run like a gazelle but can’t carry an injured soldier out of harm’s way.

    To ensure that soldiers train as they fight, Hertling and his team created the combat readiness test. It includes five events founded on the warrior training battle drills concept.

    It kicks off with a 400-meter run with a weapon. This enters into an obstacle course with low hurdles, high crawls and over-under obstacles to test individual movement techniques.

    Soldiers then do a 40-yard casualty drag followed by a 40-yard run with ammo cans atop a balance beam.

    Next come point, aim and move drills, followed by a 100-yard ammo can shuttle sprint.

    The CRT wraps up with a 100­yard agility sprint.

    The CRT is a balanced assessment of the Physical Readiness Training program, Hertling told Casey in his briefing.

    The PRT incorporates sprinting, climbing drills and other high­intensity exercises that mimic the challenges soldiers face in combat. Officials from the Army Physical Fitness School at Fort Jackson, S.C., said units that have adopted the PRT have seen a 30-point average increase in unit PT test scores.

    The current plan would have soldiers conduct one PT test and one CRT each year.

    Leadership is considering whether to keep the requirement for two PT tests each year and add a CRT before deploying. □

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    Awesome! I, for one, cannot wait to try out this new PRT. It sounds like it would make a Soldier more fit overall, rather than just the mundane pushups, situps, and basic run.
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    This isn't PRT (Physical Readiness Training), it's a new PFT (Physical Fitness Test). PRT is a joke at BCT. The exercises could possibly be useful if they were sped up and the amount of reps increased, but the PRT at BCT will do nothing for your fitness if you're anything even remotely close to fit.
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    Army’s Big PT Test Changes
    March 02, 2011
    Military.com|by Christian Lowe

    For the first time in more than 20 years, the Army is gearing up to change its fitness test for every Soldier. Gone is the simple pushup, sit up, and run routine, and in its place comes a battery of sprints, jumps and rows.
    And the service is also introducing a grueling series of slalom runs, balance beam walks, casualty drags, and ammo carries it calls the Army Combat Readiness Test -- a totally new evaluation that simulates the kind of body crush Joes experience on deployment.
    "The key difference is between ‘readiness' and fitness," said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Army's deputy commanding general for initial training. "It's one thing to be fit … it's quite another thing to be ready for the things we are being asked to do. And in our case, it's becoming a ‘tactical athlete.' "

    For the next six months, the Army will be administering the new Army Physical Readiness Test and the ACRT to almost 10,000 Soldiers at nearly 10 Army commands, including Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Sill, Okla. Soldiers there will help Army fitness experts determine how best to structure the tests and how often to do them.
    Army officials are also looking into how to grade the new tests, with a simple "excellent," "good" or "poor" potentially replacing a pass-fail or a point score.
    The Army hopes to have both tests in place servicewide by the fall.
    The new assessments are intended to essentially force a Soldier into actually staying fit rather than just getting in shape for the test day. Now with a timed minute of "rowers" (a hybrid crunch that uses a combination of arm and leg motion), best of three standing long jumps, and a 60-yard combination of wind sprints, Soldiers will have to demonstrate they're ready for the long haul.

    "The current [test] is a snapshot in time of the physical readiness of a Soldier," said Frank Palkoska, the Army's top fitness instructor. "The same is true for this new test but … if you're training to the [Army] standard, then the assessment will be the easiest training day you have."
    As if that wasn't enough, the new Combat Readiness Test takes the stress up a level, forcing Soldiers through a barrage of obstacles that show commanders whether the trooper can perform in the heat of battle. It isn't exactly the "O Course," but it's close.
    Soldiers will be required to hurdle over gates, negotiate barricades, drag a casualty, balance with weighted ammo cans, maneuver through a simulated shooting course, do 100 yards of wind sprints and weave through a slalom course.
    And it's all timed.
    "We need to establish physical training and physical readiness testing the way we do fighting," Hertling said. "When you're training for combat, you're training for the test."
    Army fitness gurus argue the new PRT and CRT -- and the training program that prepares Soldiers for them -- will actually help reduce injuries such as stress fractures and neck strains. Hertling said that since the new fitness program was launched in July, the service has only had a handful of injuries related to workouts.
    So switch out those dumbbells for ammo cans, and think tractor tires rather than leg curls -- it's time to start working out like a Spartan, not a gym rat.
    "We're trying to get to the tactical athlete as opposed to the individual who can pass a test," Hertling said.

    Army?s Big PT Test Changes

    Kitup has the proposed ACRT design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    Awesome! I, for one, cannot wait to try out this new PRT. It sounds like it would make a Soldier more fit overall, rather than just the mundane pushups, situps, and basic run.
    mmmmm, if you say so, after you try it you will be like, dang can we do some real PT already....I found myself coming back from runs and doing push ups and sit ups b/c I did not get anything of the PRT before the run...

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