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Preparing for the 2 Mile Run on APFT Test Day

About 5 minutes prior to the run events, jog in place a minute to get the blood flowing and prepare your body for the test.

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Push-up prep for PT test

About 5-10 minutes prior to performing the push-up section of the test, knock out about 5-10 medium to slow paced push-ups to get the blood flowing and prepare your body for the test.

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What physical activity should I do before a PT test?

To get your maximum PT score, the week before the PT test, do light PT. Your body will be craving to fly on test day. If you can’t do that, than do light PT two days prior. At a minimum, …Read More

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Rest

Always rest your muscles 1 day a week. Your body needs it.

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I don’t like to exercise, how do I get in shape?

Nothing happens until something moves. Getting in shape is a combination of the self discipline of healthy eating and exercise. For the record, you don’t need to eat all healthy food and exercise two hours a day. Start replacing an …Read More

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Post work-out soreness

If your body is prone to soreness after a workout, do not drink overly large amounts of juices high in lactic acid, such as orange juice. A glass is fine, but a half gallon is another story. You don’t want …Read More

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I am out of shape or recovering from an injury, how should I start exercising?

For someone new to exercising or very overweight, don’t try to start out at a superstar level. Not only will you hurt yourself, but you may get turned off and give up on exercising. I can’t tell you how many …Read More

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What should I eat before a PT test?

Eat an MRE or a cheese pizza the night before a PT test. The morning of, eat half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich about an hour or so before the test. This loads your body with energy! Another …Read More

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Is the Army changing its PT test and what does it mean to me?

Before answering that question, focus on today and your need to do well on the current APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) test. That is your first priority. If you are not scoring at least a 270 or above, that should …Read More

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Why do I need to improve my PT score?

There are many reasons. What is the first thing anyone looks at when you arrive to your unit? Yep, PT. And with the Army getting smaller, what is going to be one of the first discriminators to kick someone out? …Read More

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What food should I eat?

Diet is important to your body. What you eat does makes a difference. The problem with most people is that we go from one extreme to the other. Some people only each vegetables and some people only eat meat. Some …Read More

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It hurts when I exercise, what do I need to do?

If you have a sharp pain, stop immediately and go see the doctor before you make the problem worse. If you have any pain other than muscle soreness for that matter, go see the doctor. That being said, many people …Read More

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