Military Fitness

Discussion in 'Strength Training' started by Ben, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Ben

    Ben Master

    Reading one of the martial arts magazines I have I stumbled upon this link to download the beep-test and a sit-up test used by the military as well as their goals. Here's the link:

    If anyone ex-military or anyone who knows of other military training techniques has anything to share, please post here :) I think it'd be cool.
  3. dmach

    dmach Martial Archivest

    What is on the website is just the entry requirements, once you're in the Basic Fitness Assessment becomes Max 60 Push-ups, Max 100 Sit ups and run 2.4km in 10 min or better. There is also a Combat Fitness Assessment which includes a 15km Route March with full kit (Rifle, webbing & pack) in about 2hours 45mins. Also included in a test is (or was) 100m Fireman's Carry (with webbing and rifle) and a short obs course.
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  4. Eric Dufurrena

    Eric Dufurrena The Iron Fist of Fun

    Max 60 pushups or min?
  5. Gone

    Gone Guest

    Whatever they write on paper, it's way more than that once you get there.
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  6. dmach

    dmach Martial Archivest

    Usually Max - its a 2 minute time limit.
  7. Judah

    Judah fights in tights

    40 press ups is the minimum in the British army. 2 minute time limit to do as many as possible but no less than 40. I think it was 60 sit ups min with the same time limit. 1.5 mile run in 9.5 minutes or less for BFT (basic fitness test)

    Combat Fitness Test was 6 miles in full kit weighing not less than 40lbs in your Burgen us webbing helmet and rifle. Time limit was 2 hours or 2 hours 45 mins can't remember exactly it was an age ago for me....

    2 mile run under 18 mins in webbing and rifle...

    As I recall the Royal Marines did VO2 max (bleep test) as well as a 9 mile run in webbing and rifle, followed by the "Tarzan assault course" a 30 mile speed march with the same kit.. Oh and there was the "low" obstacle course which you did without kit (that's why it's an obstacle course not an assault course) those are/were the commando tests (there may be more) I never did them... I can't remember what the basic fitness tests were for the RM but Red is right, whatever the basic fitness requirements for entry you do a fuck load more once your actually in. Although in the army the basic fitness test is still the minimum requirement to keep yourself off remedial fitness training..... Women got 12 mins as I recall (because the enemy don't shoot at women I suppose) and chippy regiments got 10.5 mins
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  8. Void_Karateka

    Void_Karateka Pauper Karateka

    Dunno baout marines, but when I did basic with the army it was exactly this:

    I remember we nicknamed a guy Terminator since he ran the mile and half in 8 minutes flat and used to run like the t1000.

    Fond memories, well remembered.

    I can't believe the amount I used to have to eat each day. I think I was on around a 4k-6k calorie consumption daily.
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  9. Judah

    Judah fights in tights

    Which regiment?
  10. Void_Karateka

    Void_Karateka Pauper Karateka

    RMLY, A Sqn. (Territorial) I was in Assiago Platoon of the Midlands Challenge (best recruit on course). Best time of my life.
  11. Semper Gumby

    Semper Gumby Disciple

    Marine PFT: 20 pull ups, 100 sit ups (2 minutes) and 3 mile run (I think 18 minutes is perfect run time, 23 or 24 is failing)
    There is also a CFT that has a 1/2 mile run, ammo can lifts and a conditioning course.

    As far as training techniques, it is really just standard aerobic/anaerobic exercises. MCMAP has some other methods of conditioning but for the most part it depends on the instructor.
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  12. Enkidu

    Enkidu Destroyer of your martial arts fantasies

    When I was in 18 minutes was 100 pts (but in reality it was 18:09 because it was in 10 second increments for the next point total). I never got a 300 PFT. I maxed situps and pullups, but the fastest I could ever run was 18:50.

    MCMAP wasn't being taught when I served, it was still L.I.N.E. training. MCMAP is a huge leap forward from L.I.N.E.
  13. Enkidu

    Enkidu Destroyer of your martial arts fantasies

    BTW, I know among Marines, at least in SoCal, Crossfit is pretty popular.
  14. Void_Karateka

    Void_Karateka Pauper Karateka

    Crossfit? Never would have guessed that. Marines sounds pretty hardcore though, I'd love to train with some of those guys.
  15. Judah

    Judah fights in tights

    Ah what we'd call a STAB chippy. Stupid TA Bastard ;) and chippies are any non Guards regiment :D although I imagine if you're a territorial you must have higher moral cos you're essentially still a civvie so you can quit anytime you like and you only do soldiering on weekends.....
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  16. Judah

    Judah fights in tights

    What's L.I.N.E?
    The only other combat we were taught other than small arms etc was bayonet fighting. The thinking was if you were out if ammo and your bayonet was broken you used an entrenching tool... After that your pretty much fucked...
  17. Judah

    Judah fights in tights

    The Royal Marines do a shot load of circuit training, very different to the army's idea of circuit training. They also lift weights and do shit loads of sprinting. Which makes sense. When do you ever run in the field? You TAB (yomp for the Marines) to cover large distances but once you're in a firefight you wanna sprint like a muthafucka! :D
  18. Enkidu

    Enkidu Destroyer of your martial arts fantasies

    I cannot recall what the acronym stands for, but L.I.N.E. training was worthless, IMO. Glad the USMC moved to MCMAP.
  19. Enkidu

    Enkidu Destroyer of your martial arts fantasies

    Crossfit isn't bad, per se. I know a fair number of MMA fighters and BJJ practitioners incorporate it into their training as well. I am not the biggest fan of Crossfit for a variety of reason, but on the whole it is better than the training that most people use.
  20. Void_Karateka

    Void_Karateka Pauper Karateka

    Hehe. I don't wear a uniform anymore (epileptic). STAB Chippy, has an awkwardly nice ring to it though lol. And it was weekends and the odd days in the week as well as whatever camps were available :p
  21. Judah

    Judah fights in tights

    I worked with territorials and tbh the main difference was their fitness level was never ss high. Other than that they were pretty good. .. couldn't drill for shit mind.....
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