Watch an Olympian get crushed by the US Army’s combat aptitude test


Professional runner and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Symmonds has taken on all manner of fitness challenges since moving on to his new career stage as a fitness YouTuber, including trying to join the “1000 Club” and passing many of the grueling military fitness tests that have proven to be a popular challenge among athletes and influencers. These included the existing US Army Fitness Test (PFT), which has been a standard for measuring recruit fitness since the 1980s.

While for decades PFT was viewed as a good way to assess both cardiovascular fitness and muscle endurance with his 3k run and sets of push-ups and sit-ups, it has since been deemed unsuitable. other physical challenges soldiers face. in modern warfare.

So, in his most recent YouTube video, shot during a visit to Camp Withycombe in Portland, Ore., Symmonds (who understandably crushed the current portion of the PFT on a previous attempt) undertakes the combat fitness test of The most recently designed US Army that is currently being deployed. Created as a way to more accurately measure upper body strength and overall physical fitness required of today’s soldiers, the Combat Aptitude Test consists of:

  • deadlift max 3 reps
  • Standing medicine ball
  • Manual release pumps
  • Sprint, drag, drill holder
  • Folded legs or planks
  • 2 mile run

    Watch the full video above to see how Symmonds fared in the combination of cardio, strength and endurance exercises, which he described as “a hell of a workout.” While not doing as well in some of the tests as he would have liked, he appreciates the variety of the challenge and promises to train and come back to try and get a perfect CFT score next year. .

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