LA Fitness has won a three year contract to test the fitness level of would-be recruits for the Royal Navy, with effect from 1 July. The agreement, which will see between 6,000 and 10,000 people tested per year, was signed after the health club successfully won the contract in a competitive tendering process, having previously been selected to run an initial 12 month contract. The new fitness programme and assessment was introduced by the Royal Navy in June 2003 to help would-be recruits prepare for naval training and ensure they meet the requirements of the job. While potential recruits have always been encouraged to prepare for life at sea by achieving basic fitness targets before joining, the new scheme allows them to check they meet the requirements before giving up their civilian careers. Under the agreement, the fitness test will be delivered by LA Fitness or sub-contracted gyms, which include 12 Spirit Health Clubs and 14 independent clubs throughout the country. Would-be recruits are required to undertake a 2.4km run, on a treadmill, in a time which takes into account their age and gender, before they can start Naval Training.