Working in the defense industry, I’ve made friends with quite a few army veterans. A few years ago, I started running during lunch hours with one. I didn’t know he was a sub-4 hour marathoner, until a few years later, but I knew he was fast when he ran a 5k in 22 minutes…carrying a full-sized American flag on a pole…in 10° weather.
Anyways, one thing he always tried to do (he has since left the company) was get people together every couple months or so and perform the Army Physical Fitness Test. This is the test that every soldier is required to pass before the end of boot-camp. You can read more about it on Wikipedia, but the gist is the test has three challenges, each with a minimum passing score:
- X sit-ups in 2:00
- Y push-ups in 2:00
- Run 2 miles within Z minutes
The X, Y and Z are determined by age and gender. To pass, you must score at least 60 (of 100) in all three events. The score charts are available here.
So that said, I want to start a challenge and I encourage everyone to join me. Sometime in the near future, I will perform an initial test to see where I am at. From there, I have three goals as I retest every month:
- To pass (score 60+ in all three challenges).
- To continuously improve each month.
- And ultimately to score a 90+ in all three challenges.
I will be creating a new page on the site with mine and anyone else that wants to join’s monthly score. Let me know by comment, tweet, FB, DM, carrier pigeon if you want to join. We’ll have a hashtag for twitter updates and badges (any graphic artists want to volunteer?).
So stay tuned and let me know if you want to join me on being Army fit.