British Army fitness tests

The British Army fitness tests are for new British Army recuits, to sort the men out from the boys as it were. The British Army fitness tests include a 2 minute press up test, a 2 minute sit up test, a 1.5 mile running test and a sit and reach test. These British Army fitness tests come with guidelines and targets as to what are good scores and what are not.

British Army 2 minute press up test

As a solider you will need a good level of upper body strength. The British Army 2 minute press up test is supposed to be a tough muscle endurance test that will stress the chest, back, shoulders and arms.

The British Army press ups test will require the exerciser's chest to come down to a point where it touches the fist of a spotter.

As a target the British Army require male recruits to perform 44 press ups and female army recruits to perform 21 press ups in 2 minutes.

British Army 2 minute sit up test

Having a strong core and mid section means that you carry strength in your stomach muscles and lower back muscles - a key component of fitness and staying injury free, even when carrying army issue kit during fitness tests and exercise.

The 2 minute sit up test will see recuits perform full sit ups with a spotter and counter holding down the feet of the sit up performer.

The British Army is looking for new recruits, regardless of gender, to complete a total of 50 full sit ups in the space of 2 minutes.

British Army 1.5 mile run

The 1.5 mile run test in the British Army recruitment process is aimed to test the aerobic endurance and speed of new recruits.

The 1.5 mile running test target is set at 10.5 minutes for male recruits and 13 minutes dead for female recruits.

British Army sit and reach test

The British Army sit and reach test will test your lower back and hamstring flexibility. the main reason for this is that lower back inflexibility often leads to lower back problems - the nightmare scenerio for anyone who has to carry loads over many miles as new army recruits do.

To perform the British Army sit and reach test sit on the floor with your legs fully outstretched, bare feet flexed and against a wall, 8-12 inches apart. Now reach forward, with your fingertips sliding along the floor, and mark the furthest point that you can maintain for three seconds. Now mark the spot. Your aim should be to get as close as possible to the wall if your fingertips.

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