Lets all strive to be “Army Strong™”
What is the APFT?
According to Wikipedia, the APFT is defined as follows:
The United States Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of soldiers in the Army. Soldiers are scored based on their performance in three events consisting of the push-up, sit-up, and a two-mile run, ranging from 0 to 100 points in each event. A minimum score of 60 in each event is required to pass the test. The soldier’s overall score is the sum of the points from the three events. If a soldier passes all three events, the total may range from 180 to 300.
What is the APFT Challenge?
I have made it a goal to improve my fitness in accordance with the US Army Standards and teamed up with the folks behind Run This Race to help encourage others to join us. Each month, we will perform the APFT and post our scores, working towards our personally set goals.
Join us in this fun and rewarding challenge. You submit your score each month (we can help with that) to be posted alongside your fellow “recruits”. Those who reach their goal will receive a badge through Run This Race, recognizing their achievement. All participants will receive some Run This Race swag just for joining in on the fun.
What are the goals?
I want the goals to be personal to the individual. Once you take your first (baseline) test, you need to set a goal. That goal could be a specific score in each of the three events, possibly its just to pass the US Army minimum requirement of 180, or maybe a percentage improvement over your baseline score. Once you set a goal, it will be posted along with your monthly scores.
My personal goal is to improve my baseline score (186) by 30% (242).
Ultimately, I would like to achieve a combined score of 270 (90 in all three events). Its a special recognition in the Army as they receive a Physical Fitness Excellence badge, like the one shown at the top of this page.
What do I do?
- Contact me to let me know you want in. (Twitter, Facebook, comment, DailyMile, etc.)
- Promote the challenge. Use the #APFTChallenge hashtag on Twitter. Post about it in your blog or on Facebook. Hopefully a participant badge will be available for you to display.
- Read the rules listed here.
- Do a baseline test. You have to start somewhere, so without even training for it, just see how well you can do. Calculate your score and send it to me. Also let me know what your goal is so it can be posted as well.
- Train, train, train!
- Before the end of each month, test yourself and submit your score.
- Celebrate each others’ achievements!
How Long Does the Challenge Last?
You should perform your baseline test by the end of February. After that, you have until the end of June to meet your goal score (5 tests in all).
Like I mentioned earlier, this challenge is in collaboration with the upcoming website, Run This Race. Check out their blog to read about the awesome services they will be bringing to light in the near future (Spring?). They will also be featuring posts about the challenge.
Participants and their scores can be found on the Roster page.
Help make this challenge huge and join us!