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The Air Force Fitness Program
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The Air Force Fitness Program assesses your fitness in four areas: aerobic (running), body-composition, push-ups, and crunches. Your scores in each area are based on your age, gender, body measurements, amount of repetitions or elapsed time.
Note: To measure abdominal circumference, place a measuring tape in a horizontal plane around the abdomen at the level of upper hipbone. Before reading the tape measure, ensure that the tape is snug, but does not compress the skin, and is parallel to the floor.
Click here to see the Air Force Body Composition score charts.
Click here to see the Air Force Crunches Score charts.
(Scoring Charts can be found at: http://www.af.mil/news/USAF_Fitness_Charts.pdf )
Your aerobic, body composition, push-up and crunches scores are added to give you a fitness rating. The Air Force fitness ratings are as follows:
Example: A 25 year-old male with a 36-inch waste, who runs the mile and half in 13:00 minutes, does 41 push-ups and 41 crunches would receive a “marginal” fitness rating.
Fitness ratings are used to determine how often an airman must retest. Those who score in the "excellent” or “good" categories are re-tested annually. Those who score in the "marginal" or “poor” categories are re-tested every three months. In Addition, those in the Marginal category are required to attend a Healthy Living Workshop, while those in the poor category will be required to attend the workshop and participate in a fitness improvement program.
To max out your score on the Air Force Fitness Program you will need to commit to a regular work out routine. For help developing a personal fitness plan, check out Stew Smith’s article on Preparing for the PFT - Here.
PT programs to train for the Air Force PFT can be found in the following StewSmith.com links:
· Body Composition Test
· Pushups / Situps
Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author
certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National
Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a
workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the StewSmith.com
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