These Bodybuilders Attempted the U.S. Army Fitness Test Without Training
The U.S. Army Physical Fitness Test has become a popular challenge for YouTubers, especially the swole variety who train hard but don’t necessarily keep functional fitness front of mind. In a new video, bodybuilders and fitness influencers Austin Dunham, Jorge Rosado and Ash Fitness take on the test with no prior training.
The PFT starts with 2 minutes of pushups: a minimum score required to pass this round is 40 reps, while 75 reps is considered a perfect score. Austin goes first, and is able to smash out 75 reps in just 56 seconds, setting a high bar for Jorge and Ash. “That made me dizzy,” he says.
Jorge is next, and hits 75 reps in 55 seconds before dropping to the ground. “I can’t move my arms,” he says. “My arms are noodles!” Ash is up last, and while he does around 85 reps, Austin notes that some of them don’t count due to form, so it takes him 1 minute 7 seconds to achieve 75 reps. So far, all three of them are nailing the test and qualifying for basic training.
Next up it’s 2 minutes of situps: for these guys and their age group, a minimum of 53 reps is required, while a perfect score would be 80. Austin explains that for each rep to count, your shoulder blades have to touch the ground at the bottom of the movement, and your hands have to stay behind your head.
Ash maxes out with 54 reps in 1 minute 18 seconds. “That sucked,” says Austin. “I can’t do it… That was way harder than what I was expecting.”
Jorge only manages 42 reps (a failing score) before collapsing back, while Ash achieves the best score with 58 reps, holding a steady tempo for the full 2 minutes. “When it comes to challenges like this it’s all about pace,” says Austin.
The third and final round of the test is a 2-mile run. “I haven’t run 2 miles in probably 3 years,” says Austin, while Jorge admits that he has never run 2 miles—which explains why he peaces out after 2 laps of the track, leaving Austin and Ash to finish with passing times of 14 minutes and 13:30 respectively.
Although Austin’s victory is hard-won.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to do any more military videos,” she says. “I threw up. I swear I was going to pass out and quit.”
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