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I have a PT test in a week and I am failing an event, what should I do?

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I can’t promise you a miracle in a week, but if you are failing by 10 points or less in the push-ups or sit-ups category or need to drop 40 seconds or less on your run time, there is hope. So, sticking with the premise you are failing just one event, here is a solution: one, only perform just above passing for the other events (2 extra for push-ups and/or sit-ups) to conserve energy for your weak event should help with 2-5 points; two, learn how to breathe properly when performing your exercises should help with 3-5 points; three, take advantage of rest positions while exercising before you get tired and follow a sustainable pattern when performing the exercises from that point on should help with 2-5 points; four, ensure you are performing the exercises properly as proper form will improve performance and reduce the chance of injury helping with 1-8 points; and five, rest and stretch for the full time limit between test events which should help with 1-4 points. For very clear explanations and pictures on how to perform points 2-5 above, get my book MAX Out the Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force Physical Fitness and Combat Fitness Tests.

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Lee Kind is former Army Transportation Officer with 8 years of service spending most of his time in the 82nd Airborne Division. Lee is passionate about sharing wisdom on physical fitness (scoring 370+ on PT tests) and practical leadership to help Soldiers excel in all they do and set the example for others to follow. Lee is the author of "MAX Out the Army, Marine, and Air Force Physical Fitness and Combat Fitness Tests” Volume I and II. www.forallleaders.com

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