Sunday, April 29, 2007

How do they evaluate fitness in the Army?

I like old fashioned Phys Ed style exercises. The balls and bands of modern exercise confuse me and generally cause me to look like an uncoordinated moron. So last week I tried the Army 's Physical Fitness Test which consists of 2 minutes of push ups, 2 minutes of sit ups, and a 2-mile run. Each exercise is worth a maximum of 100 points, for a total score of up to 300 points. Army officers are expected to complete 67 push ups, 73 sit ups and run the 2 miles in 16:30 seconds. My results—which will not be disclosed to the competition for fear of mockery—prove I should stick to my neighborhood watch committee.

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