Potential PTIs Course


New to the site, but looking for a quick bit of advice.

Down to attend the above course this weekend and was just wondering what other than activites other than PFT, CFT and MST take place during the weekend


Are you doing the Strensall one ?

1. To assess potential TA Basic PTI’s in preparation for the TA Basic PTI course.
2. All ranks
3. Must be FE and keen to undertake the TA basic PTI course.
4. TA Basic PTI’s bidding to attend the TA Intermediate PTI course are recommended to attend this
course as ASPT PTI fitness standards have increased.
5. On successful completion of the course the potential PTI will have been assessed on the following
PTI tests and will be aware of what areas require additional training before attending the 2 week TA Basic
PTI course at the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT).
a. TA PTI Fitness Test comprising:
(1) Press Ups - Minimum of 44 repetitions in 2 minutes.
(2) Sit Ups - Minimum of 50 repetitions in 2 minutes.
(3) 2.4 km Run - In 10 minutes 30 seconds or less.
b. Military Swimming Test (MST).comprising:
Dress Combat 95 shirt & trousers, enter water, tread water for 2 mins, then complete a 50 m swim
without touching the bottom or sides of the pool and then exit the pool without assistance within 4
c. Combat Fitness Test (CFT).
Dress Combat 95 carrying CEG weight1 over an 8 mile (12.8km) route to be completed in a minimum
of 1 hr 55mins/ maximum 2 hrs.
6. A two day centralised course.
7. Course will be run from Deverell Bks, Ripon.
8. Nil but MATT 2 (Fitness) results will be recorded and forwarded to Units.
9. 15.
1. CEG weight is as laid down in Matt 2 for the relevant Arm Service, TA Basic PTI’s being assessed for the
Intermediate course will be required to carry 25 kg.

Sorry, its not Strensall its Deverall.
Yes mate joining instructions say Strensall

I was just wondering what happens between phys sessions, is there much classroom time or is is back to the block

Plus never been to Strensall

It is worth learning different muscles, groups, functions and familiarise yourself with anatomy and physiology terms. Just being able to run does not make a good PTI.
You'll learn the followimng phrases:

Twice around my beautiful body GO
-I've talked enough about me, now its your turn
-Don't confuse your rank with my authority ( usually followed some hours later by, "why am I doing extras? )
-The Cookhouse / NAAFI / accomodation is that way ( accompanied by 1. raising the right arm parallel to the ground, beding upper arm to 90 degrees and then pointing, thus flexing your biceps, or 2. Rotating both hands, with index finger exteneded, in a small circle in front of you. The end position will have both fingers pointing out said location, and you'll have simultaneously puffed out your chest to maximum deflection angle.
- No, I can only read it if its says "Oooh, Corporal you are lovely"

You will also learn how to iron those little vests and ( totally ungay ) shorts. You'll become completely proficient in polishing full-length mirrors, and will develop a near psychic ability to detect *any* mirror within 200 meters. You will be taught that if you constanty check your SUUNTO altimeter GPS timer watch camera ( with numbers 'cause you confuse Mickeys' Big and Little Hand ) you can, again, puff out your chest / bicep / tricep as you draw your forearm level with your pecs.
Tharg_almighty said:
It is worth learning different muscles, groups, functions and familiarise yourself with anatomy and physiology terms. Just being able to run does not make a good PTI.
Wouldnt bother learning any of the above,this is all covered on the Basic PTI course during the lectures and it is put across in a way which you will understand during said lectures.
Is the failure rate so high that a w/end is needed to weed out unsuitable applicants?

Good luck to anybody on the w/end, but at a time when money is tight, doing this w/end in addition to the course itself looks, at least at first glance, like a bit of a luxury. (Happy to be corrected if this is a better method than high course loading, and weeding people out on the first few days.)
If you turn up without putting training in before hand you will fail,four to five pt sessions a day,lectures in between and plenty of written work to do on a night does start to wear you down. We only lost two people on the course one due to injury and the other bloke would freeze solid when he stood infront of a group of people,not a good point if you want to be a pti. You are taught how to teach it's not just about getting beasted although l would get your trainers on and hit the road beforehand. The training staff are some of the best l have seen and you do have a laugh. I would highly reccomend doing the course,and at the end you get a very tight very white vest to prance around in.
Cheers Tom

Have you do the PPTI's weekend, I assume there isnt really that much time for much more than the basic tests to weed out the non starters before the actual course starts.
Tom9748 said:
get your trainers on and hit the road beforehand
Best advise you can get from Tom, when I did mine, I just concentrated on running, press ups and sit ups for 3 months before the course, binned all other CV and weights etc.

I wouldnt try and kick the arrse of of your PFT either, as long as your over the pass mark by a few notches I would reserve some energy for your CFT and MST.
Before attempting this course you should consider this; can you afford the personal grooming and hair products and self tanning lotions that this qualification requires?
Magic-Monkey said:
Cheers Tom

Have you do the PPTI's weekend, I assume there isnt really that much time for much more than the basic tests to weed out the non starters before the actual course starts.
No mate I didnt do the PPTI weekend,I didnt Know they were being ran.I did my PTI course last April,no one I met on the course mentioned the weekend course,I assume these weekends were brought in recently.
The PPTI course is there to seperate the fat wannabes from the serious applicants. When I did my PTI (B) in 2006 we had several guys that were binned because they couldn't hack it.

The PPTI course is there to ensure that you are at the required physical standard for the PTI (B) course. As well as physical prowess, you should also be able to correctly identify 'which way to the beach?'
Has anyone been on a PTI refresher course? These were binned a while back, but are now up and running again, I presume its a quick PFT then death by powerpoint for the rest of the weekend?

Weekend was very good, basically as Polar69 said in his reply on this thread.

PFT best effort saterday morning, AFT or CFT as most call it in the afternoon, weight is as your units CEG, other words what you you carry to pass your MATTS 2, and the MST on sunday morning.

Fairly laid back but the usual standards must apply, ie clean pressed kit clean boots etc, and respect shown to the staff.

It has been introduced as already said to weed out non-starters before they get to the PT school in Aldershot, and waste spaces others could have filled.

Get on it and crack on
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