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WOW – March 14th

17/03/2011
 

I saw this update to the Army Fitness test last week. It peaked my interest because, along with a lot of people, the old guidelines doesn’t necessarily denote a fit person. When you are introduced to elements of primal fitness or evolutionary fitness, such as MOVNAT, you naturally gravitate towards a more playful activity. To me this is what we are seeing in these new revamped Army Fitness guidelines. Get on board now folks, because the revolution has started. Like with me, I have to push my kids out of the way on the school jungle gym, I force them to sit on the bench and watch as I play. Ok, so that’s not true, but this is what we are seeing change.

The perception of old is sitting and watching, popping a pill so we can last into old age. We humans are meant to scramble, run, walk, stalk and generally play to live.

As a side note, this week marks the first time in three months that we will have one full week above freezing. I don’t think the mercury will bounce below 42 for the high. Although our morning lows are still in the 20’s, this will mean we can start getting out and about!

It has been a very long three months,

Complete 2 cycles:

400 Meter Run
Clear 5 Low Hurdles
20 Meter Grok crawl
5 Pullups
40 Meter Backwards Weight Drag
20 Meter Balance Beam Farmer’s Carry
50 Meter Weighted Sprint

How-to:

Warmup: 30 second Grok Squat, three light sprints at 70%.

In last week’s Link Love, I mentioned that the US Army may be instituting a new and improved PT test, one that looks more Primal than not. We applaud this development, and to show our appreciation for the armed services, I thought it’d be fun to try our hand at a slightly altered version of the new test.

Most of these movements are self-explanatory or previously touched upon, like the means carrying heavy things in your hands at your sides as you walk along a balance beam, or anything that requires balance (you can just walk in a perfectly straight, narrow line); the PT test calls for two 30 pound loads, but use anything that taxes your grip (dumbbells, bags loaded with rocks or books, sandbags, etc). For the backwards Weight Drag, use whatever object you used in Flip that Log. For the Weighted Sprint, carry just one of the heavy objects used in the Farmer’s Carry.

If you need to measure out distances, use the “My Maps” tool at

to create a map of your area and measure distances down to the foot using the “line dragging” tool. Some conversions to help you in case Google isn’t set up for the metric system:

400 meters = 1312.34 feet

50 meters = 164.04 feet

40 meters = 131.23 feet

20 meters = 65.62 feet

Rest for two minutes after the first cycle before beginning the second.

This one is tough, but consider the fact that the folks currently protecting us go through much worse on a regular basis. We should be thankful that we can do this for kicks. Let me know how it goes in the comment section! Do you measure up to a member of the armed services?

A few things to remember:

  • Combat boots are not necessary. In fact, I advise going barefoot or minimal.
  • Weighted sprints are tough. Don’t use too heavy a weight that keeps you from moving fast and causes a ton of joint impact.
  • Grok crawl sprints are most effective when you keep those hips low. Don’t form an upside down V with the ground and try to be conscious of using your arms (pulling yourself as well as pushing), along with your legs. Don’t make it all legs, which is often the instinct.

Variations:

Perform the entire circuit while holding a stick (to emulate having to hold a rifle). To really make things tough, toss on a weighted backpack or vest for the duration. To make things a bit easier, drop the added weights (make the Weight Drag a backward sprint).

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