Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test Conditioning
My training section just ran the CFT, and even though it kicked a lot of people's asses, I thought it was good to go and could definitely be implemented into anybody's training regimen or used to gauge one's cardio and muscle strength at the same time.
The Combat Fitness Test is still being tweaked out as we're still currently operating on a "pass/fail" system, but it's being pretty closed to being finalized with a real scoring system like the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test.
The CFT consists of 3 events, with no more than a 5 minute break between each event. Even though we perform the CFT in combat boots and utility trousers (blouse during "Movement Under Fire"), standard athletic gear should do just fine.
Movement to Contact
880 yard sprint: 3:48 or less.
Lift a 30 pound ammo can (kettle bell should do just fine) from shoulder height over your head as many times as possible in 2 minutes. (Current minimum is 45 for males 17-26)
Maneuver Under Fire
1. Starting from the prone position, sprint 25 yards, and perform a J-hook around a course marker, dropping back into the prone.
2. High-crawl 10 yards (stomach stays on the ground)
3. Modified High-crawl 15 yards (6 points of contact, your "baby crawl")
4. Sprint diagonally through 5 cones (like football drills)
5. Lift a simulated casualty (anybody within 10 pounds of your weight) and carry him with your arms across his chest moving backwards 10 yards.
6. Prop the casualty into a fireman's carry and run 65 yards.
7. Pick up 2 30-pound ammo cans (again, kettle bells work fine) and sprint for 75 yards.
8. Drop the cans, and throw a practice grenade into a target 22.5 yards away, and perform 3 push ups.
9. Pick up the 2 cans and run 75 yards back.
The "Maneuver Under Fire" circuit needs to be completed in under 3:29 for males 17-26.
The minimum requirements are definitely manageable, but it can still break you off if you put out. In addition, the fact that the exercises being performed have some type of combat relevance might make it more interesting of a workout.
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Last edited by Ub3rmike; 03-15-2009 at 08:01 PM.