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Fitness

#1
Hello, I am thinking joining the army but I am worried about my fitness. I can run 1.5 mile in 11.30 and do about 30 press ups in a min. Am I way off the required standard?
I am a 21 and male by the way, 5.9 about 13 stone.
Any help or advice would be great.

P.s no fat boy jokes!
 
#2
Depends what you are going for. If it isnt the parachute regiment then u need to be able to run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes. If it is the paras it needs to be around 9 minutes (cant remember the exact time). No press ups are required at selection but it builds your strength for the pull ups and the jerry can carry. Just keep doing press ups and keep your running up and you'll be fine. Hope i helped. :)
 
#5
Anyone have nay tips on a fitness programme that involves running and building upper body strength? thanks :)
 
#6
Gentlemen call me "old and crusty", but I prefer msquared, but shouldn't you be running 1.5m in under 11 min doing situps and pressups (to build upper body strength) to a certian number I can't remember, dam this drink problem, to enable this marvelous country to have the fineness fighting force inthe world HURAH!!!!!
 
#7
whiterabbit1984 said:
Anyone have nay tips on a fitness programme that involves running and building upper body strength? thanks :)
Go to amazon.co.uk and type "fitness books" and choose the one you like the most. There are SAS and Marine ones out there too if that tickles your fancy!
 
#9
smurf said:
Depends what you are going for. If it isnt the parachute regiment then u need to be able to run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes. If it is the paras it needs to be around 9 minutes (cant remember the exact time). No press ups are required at selection but it builds your strength for the pull ups and the jerry can carry. Just keep doing press ups and keep your running up and you'll be fine. Hope i helped. :)
STFU! You dont know what you're talking about!

Ten and a half minutes if you're under 30 years of age.
 
#10
Gotta go with Bossdog on this one. My recruiting sergeant told me on monday that he wont consider sending me to RSC until I can do the run in 10:30.
On the other hand Charlotte_Roberts did it in 13:50 and has got in
 
#11
That's just because I'm a slow ******, I have stamina just not got any speed.

I have another 1.5 mile run to complete in April as they want to see if my time will have lowered.
 
#12
whiterabbit1984 said:
Anyone have nay tips on a fitness programme that involves running and building upper body strength? thanks :)
Did the ACIO not give you a fitness booklet? When you going for RSC?
 
#13
Yes rabbit. This one straight from a decent Regiment. Half hour runs, every day. Three or four hills in the route - sprint up them. Fifty good push ups before you go to bed, and fifty when you get up, to start with. Chest to the floor. Dont worry if you cant do them all at once to start with, just get them done. Also throw some sit ups in there for variety. I did a nine-oh two mile and a half before I this. Stick to it, and good luck.
 
#14
Just got a top tip from the Physio as my body is now starting to fall to bits, don't do the Army style sit ups, even though they give you pti (gti cos crap at job and good at running! Yes i am a slow bitter old man) abs, they knacker your back up, and only run a couple of times a week, do things like step machine, bikes or rower for cardio, or it'll bugger your knees up. Wish they'd told me that 15 years ago so i could avoid the crippling agony i get into every time its cold or damp
 
#15
Ben123, I hope your training is going well. Sorry to be a harbinger of doom, 11:30 at 21 is not a good performance.
That is the maximum time for a Male of 35 years of age or more. As correctly mentioned, you should be doing sub 10:30.
I would suggest that if you are wanting to join RE, you will need to be achieving faster than that. Still, that is the minimum requirement, so aim for that initially. You should be aiming to do a minimum of 44 Press Ups and 50 Sit Ups for the BPFA.
NB when you do go to ATR, do not stop once you have reached the minimum standard or you will undoubtedly attract the attention of your instructors for the wrong reasons - don't aim for the minimum standard, have a bit of pride.
 
#16
a quick answer to your question is that for a green on BPFA if you are male and under 30 you must do 44 or more press ups in 2 minutes, 50 or more sit ups in two minutes and run 2.4km in under 10m30s (NOTE this is after a squad warm up walk/jog of 800m in 4m50s to 5 min)

Take a look at this link

TA BPFA/CFT Guide

It gives the requirements for the BPFA which is the same for TA and regular, it also details CFT, the difference being that the Reg CFT is 8 miles in 2 hrs compared to the TA 4 miles in 1 hour (Although this changes in over the next two years - 6 miles in 06/07 bounty year, 8 miles 07/08)
 

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