In late June, Ryan Sowder of the 2112th Transportation Company out of Burlington, Kentucky, racked up a near-perfect score on the Army Combat Fitness Test.
Since Sowder’s perfect accomplishment, many soldiers and civilians have taken a crack at besting the short but grueling fitness assessment.
British bodybuilders MattDoesFitness and Mike Thurston thought better of the idea and took a crack at attempted the US Army Physical Fitness Test.
The test isn’t as tough as the ACFT, but it’s incredibly difficult – even though it sounds easy as hell.
The test consists of three challenges, each of which is graded out of 100:
- 2 minutes of pushups (+39 to pass)
- 2 minutes of situps (+45 to pass)
- A 2-mile run
During the pushup phase, an individual has to stay in the position for the entire 2 minutes. Putting knees on the ground or breaking the position for even a second earns an instant failing grade.
For situps, a trainee must make their head and hands fully touch the ground. On the rise off the ground, the torso needs to be at a right angle to the ground.
Both moves call for body control, which is difficult after seconds.
Finally, the 2-mile run has to be completed in under 13 minutes (6:30 pace for each mile) which is tough as hell, even for a daily runner like myself.
Think you’ve got what it takes? There’s only one way to find out.
[via Men’s Health]
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