The US Army Physical Fitness Test

The US Army Physical Fitness Test, or APFT, consists of three events- push-ups, sit-ups, and a two mile run. Scores are normed for gender and age and soldiers must score at least 60 points in each event. This test is similar to physical fitness tests administered to the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard.

This website is devoted to helping soldiers pass and eventually max their APFT. Follow the simple steps contained on these pages, and you will see an improvement in your scores. Click on the links above or below to find out techniques to help you excel in each area. If you’re having problems and would like some personal assistance, please feel free to e-mail me.

The Test. First, find out what score you need to pass each event, and while you’re looking this information up, find out what score you need to achieve the maximum points in each event. Having short-term and long-term goals is crucial to your physical fitness preparation. Also, learn strategies that will help you do your best on test day.

The Two Mile Run. Secondly, start working regularly on your running ability. This is the area where most soldiers spend the majority of their time training. There is no substitute for putting miles on your running shoes, but you can use different training techniques to ensure that you’re spending your training time wisely.

Push-ups. Next, concentrate on building up your push-up technique and your upper body strength. For most people weight lifting will eventually help them do more push-ups, but in order to get better faster there is no substitute for doing LOTS and LOTS of push-ups. However, it’s important that you do these push-ups the right way and that you maximize the value of each push-up. I’m here to show you how to do that.

Sit-ups. Finally, focus on increasing the number of sit-ups you can do in two minutes. For some soldiers, this is not a problem area, but for those who have problems here, it can take a long time to solve them. Also, if you fail to train properly in this area, you can increase your risk of back damage, as numerous repetition of poor sit-up technique has been shown to cause physical harm.