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Semi-annual fitness test

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Today was the day for my semi-annual army physical fitness test (APFT, since everything in the army needs an acronym). The test consists of 4 events: 2 min of push ups, 2 min of sit ups, a 2 mi run and a weigh in. The three physical events are graded on a scale from 0 to 100 with 60 points per event passing. The scale is based on gender and on age.

This past May, at the end of grad school, I aced the test, with my best score and run time in years. I was kind of curious where I would end up today.

I have to do at least 30 push ups and I max the scale at 66. I did 68.

I have to do at least 32 sit ups and I max the scale at 72. I did 74.

I have to do the run in under 18:42 and max the scale at 14:06. I ran the 2 miles in 13:31, which is about 25 seconds faster than my May time. I have been putting in a lot of miles (20+ per week) but mostly endurance runs, not much speed work at all. I do try to get out with the kids in the buggy once or twice per weekend, which helps with the strength. I guess I was getting some speed work in with the ultimate frisbee too.

The weigh in went well, 182 lbs in my APFU (another acronym, it stands for army physical fitness uniform). I am allowed to be up to 194 lbs. If I am over 194 lbs, I get the tape test to estimate body fat percentage. It uses your height, weight, waist circumference and neck circumference (and is not particularly accurate, though it is inexpensive to administer). For women, the tape test includes measurements of ones hips and wrist. It is kind of nice to be well below my screening weight and not deal with the tape test (for several years I was in the 195-210 range and had to deal with the tape test each APFT).

It feels good to be running strong, that was my fastest 2 mile time in years. (My best time ever was 12:04, but that was 20 years ago!).

Well, now that's over, back to work! I have to get some more writing done on a journal article rewrite.
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CHANGINGHORSES 11/6/2013 8:29PM

    Wow! That is awesome! Definitely something to be proud of. Way to go!
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BIGPAWSUP 11/6/2013 7:10PM

    Amazing PT!!! Congrats!

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DIANNEMT 11/6/2013 12:06PM

    Absolutely wonderful!! I wish I had done some sort of fitness test back when I started--just so I could see how much I have progressed!

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TIGER_LILY_613 11/6/2013 11:46AM

    Congratulations ! emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 11/6/2013 10:00AM

    Congratulations on you test results! Your comments on acronyms are spot on- always an acronym for everything! Most of my work has been on USAF contracts, and the acronyms along are enough to make my head spin, especially when the change acronyms!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 11/6/2013 8:41AM

    WOW!!!! I am in awe. Those numbers are intense!

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SMITTY4RL 11/6/2013 7:44AM

    emoticon job! Was reading an article recently on soldiers using liposuction to meet some of the Army fitness standards--not sure how well that would go over in most circles. Interesting read, though.

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CINDYTW 11/5/2013 11:12PM

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KELLIEBEAN 11/5/2013 9:25PM

    Well done indeed. You are a great example!

Hope the rewrite went well.

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MOBYCARP 11/5/2013 8:45PM

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It feels great to be fit, doesn't it? And at least your weight is acceptable to the army, even if it isn't where you want it to be.

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KAPELAKIN 11/5/2013 8:45PM

    Awesome job! emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 11/5/2013 6:06PM

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ROXYZMOM 11/5/2013 6:03PM

    Well done! I have read more than one article stating that the best runners in the world run slower speeds to build up endurance and speed. Sounds like it is working for you.

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/5/2013 5:58PM

    Awesome job....HOOOAAHH!!

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MWWENSIN 11/5/2013 5:53PM

    Sounds like you aced your test. Great job.

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/5/2013 5:53PM

    Congratulations!!! Very good!

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DOGLADY13 11/5/2013 5:37PM

    You ROCK!

Well done, sir.

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POOKASLUAGH 11/5/2013 4:39PM

    Awesome job!

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AEROBISAURUS 11/5/2013 4:06PM

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/5/2013 4:01PM

    Way to go!

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LISAINMS 11/5/2013 3:23PM

    Super Star!

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LEWILL1982 11/5/2013 2:59PM

    13:31 on 2 miles? That's amazing, congrats! Way to go on your fitness test, what an inspiration!

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GOING-STRONG 11/5/2013 2:13PM

    Wowsa! Very impressive my friend!

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CFMOSS 11/5/2013 2:01PM

    Good job!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/5/2013 1:48PM

    Congratulations!! You are SUPER-FIT!!

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VISUALLYRICS 11/5/2013 1:22PM

    How emoticon that you are going Strong! emoticon emoticon It feels great to be fit/stay fit and embrace future fitness opportunities! emoticon

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