Well having been out of training for err, ooh, is it really that long? I'm having a go at getting myself up to MATTS level fitness for may age (37) Press- ups are OK, I can do 40 in 1 min 30 although I had to stop a couple of times. this should improve. Sit ups - I haven't got anyone to train with so I'm trying to do these with feet hooked under the bed - 40 in 1 min 35. ( I'm sure I can improve on this too.) Run - well. Having not done any running for a good while (although I do a lot of hill walking) I want to strengthen my knees up first. I'm also overweight which won't do the knees any good either. I don't want to get an injury straight off. To this end, I've started cycling, doing a five mile circuit on my "chap's bike" (you know, "sit up and beg" type, straight bars, 3 speed hub gears). I've been doing the five miles which includes a couple of 1/4 mile climbs in 20-25 minutes although I don't think that's a measure of anything much considering the gearing on the bike! Question is? How good is cycling going to be for getting some weight off and strengthening the legs, especially the knees, in preparation for running again? [hr] [hr] Edit: Here's a training programme I found several weeks after starting off. I've put it here for easy reference rather than it being in the middle of hundreds of posts. Here's the full fitness training programme from this site: http://www.army.mod.uk/linkedfiles/tayforth/ta_bpfa_cft_guide.pdf Visit the site and get clued up on how to get started before beginning physical training. Those who are really out of shape should see a GP first. Standards by age can be found within the linked document.