15 Sep '18, 12pm

For Some Soldiers, New, Tougher Army Fitness Test a Jarring Wake-Up Call

For Some Soldiers, New, Tougher Army Fitness Test a Jarring Wake-Up Call

Master Sgt. Ross Strom thought he was ready when he took a version of the Army 's new fitness test. The 49-year-old maintenance noncommissioned officer was used to doing a combination of running and CrossFit six times a week. "I was like, 'I'll be able to do this, no problem,' " Strom told Military.com, recalling when he volunteered to participate in last year's pilot for the Army Combat Readiness Test , the near-identical precursor to the new Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT. But as he worked his way through each of the events -- the deadlift, the power throw, the sprint-drag-carry, the pushups and the leg tuck -- Strom felt the exertion build in his muscles like never before. "Doing all those events and then running two miles -- that's tough," he said, adding that he finished "a minute and 40 seconds" slower than his normal time on the current Army Physical Fitness Test...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/09/15/some-soldi...

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