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  1. Hello

    OK I have only ever completed 2 CFT's since joining the TA, both were only 4 miles. Now I have to do a 6 mile one at the end of this month, the distance does not bother me to much it is the weight I have alittle issue with, (I am only 5'3 and 8 stone) What is the best way to train and get used to carrying the weight ? bearing in mind I am RA and need to carry 16KG plus weapon, well so I have been lead to believe, if this wrong please correct me. Also how long do we get on the 6 mile CFT?

    Sorry for all the questions,

  2. log onto army web site and check out , MATTS . all the info you req, is there
  3. linky

    Just checked, there is nothing relating to 6 mile CFT in MATTs, so I can't help you there. As for the training, get the 20kg on your back and hit the road!

    Good luck anyway.
  4. d. CFT Distance. To allow the TA to adjust to the increased CFT standards, a gradual increase to the CFT distance will take place as follows:
    (1) TY 06/07. FFA - 4 miles. FFM/FFD - 4 miles. Thus, 4 miles is the annual Level 1 and 2 requirement.
    (2) TY 07/08. FFA - 6 miles. FFM/FFD - 6 miles. Thus, 6 miles is the annual Level 1 and 2 requirement.
    (3) TY 08/09. FFA - 6 miles. FFM/FFD - 8 miles. Thus, 6 miles is the annual Level 2 requirement, and 8 miles the Level 1 requirement.
    A. LAND/Private Office/4503 dated 23 Jan 06.
    any use ?
  5. My advice, and its only advice based on what works for me, is to split training down to different areas in order that you don't overtrain. Tabbing around with a Bergen on is very effective, but it also leads to injury and in all fairness will probably put you off training. I train the following areas:

    - Cardio, to get the body used to prolonged exertion, up to 60min 2 > 3 times a week but no less than 30min. Jogging or cycling. Once a week do an hour and a half. Train for time, not distance or speed.

    - Muscles (arms, back and shoulders) twice a week. Swimming is great, but either the gym or pushups/pullups etc at home will work. Fatigue in the back and shoulders during a CFT really does drain your reserves and makes the whole experience harder, if I skip this bit of training I tend to suffer.

    - Walking. With a daysack or Bergen. I usually carry 15k+, but sometimes only 5k if it's a long walk. I either do a good 4 hours on a Sunday (take a friend for a day out walking!) or do fast paced 2 hours. But I make sure there are hills involved, and keep well hydrated.

    - Rest day. Oh yes. Got to have those.

    But that programme is just what I use for build up. Once I have a level of fitness I'm happy with, I cut back on the training. It's not really feasible to have a life that just contains work, exercise, TA.
  6. Tell me about it! 8O

    The only time I can get half an hours to go running is between 05:30 and when I have to get ready for work! For that, I need work, exercise, TA, and a lot of willpower...

  7. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    Then book yopur appointment at the physio, knee specialist etc.

    A good general programme of CV fitness combined with a little bit of walking with weight will easily get you through a 6 mile country walk - as long as your mind is set on it.
    Try not to knacker yourself by going from nothing to hill reps with 40kg in one day, as advocated above.
  8. Pff! Once you've put in no effort into marching with weight, put your transfer to the RAF equivalent of the AGC and sit back with a latté, day-dreaming about what it means to do some proper work! :roll:
  9. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    Thanks, but I will keep in my current job: Training infantry soldiers to reach standards of fitness recognised as being the highest outside of UKSF selection, in such a way that they will not injure themself and remain fit to fight for years to come.

    You carry on with your airsoft.
  10. Miaow! Who the hell was going about SF selection!? :roll:
    And for that matter, why mention Airsoft?! Two subjects that are obviously on YOUR mind.

    You carry on teaching tabbing for softies to the CCF! :evil:
  11. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    No Wench, just trying to give some sensible advice to someone who is worried about passing a CFT. My post above is not to prove that I am "speshul", but to indicate that I have done more than my fair share of tabbing, and carry the injuries from poor training - the kind you suggest that Tigerlily undertakes.

    If she has only finished 2 TA CFTs in her career, she needs to do a steady, progressive build up of fitness, and introduce weight carrying gently if she is to A) pass and B) not injure herself in the short or long term doing so.

    You may have meant it as a joke (I will give you the benefit of the doubt), but you will not find any PTI or person who knows about training soldiers or recruits advocating going to 40kg hill reps from a standing start.

    The danger is that TL may be daft enough to listen to you, hence the attempt to put her straight.
  12. Ok sounds fair enough.
    TL, if you're reading this, The_Duke is right. However, training is always more fun when done somewhere picturesque and with a good pub at the end!
  13. Guys

    Thanks to all for good advice, but just one more question How long to you get to complete the 6 mile CFT??


  14. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator


    check the links above, but it is around 1 hour 30 mins. Just a good, steady walk.