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This page details how to improve your Run times, Bleep test levels, Press Up scores, Sit Up Scores, Combat Fitness Test endurance and general fitness levels.


Running times

Practice running. It doesn't really get much more complicated than that. Run lots, and you shall run faster.

Or, failing that, figure out the route beforehand, and identify any useful shortcuts or diversions. Remember, if you're running on the road, slicing across the pavement on a corner will shave off valuable seconds. Better yet, if you can actually cut out a section altogether by taking either a shorter route, or diving through the accommodation blocks, it all works.

Get behind someone and run in their slipstream, let them do the work.

Don't save your energy for the last lap like a little DS arrse fingerer, get out there and push all the way. Imagine there's a Somalian pirate about to mount your sister at the finish line. Or if you hate your sister, imagine there's a Somalian pirate behind you.



Bleep Test Scores

If you can't pass the bleep test, you don't deserve to live. Listen for the beep, and run as hard as you friggin' can.



Press Up Scores

I have heard that if you just bang out reps quicker in the first part of the set then you will have more energy left over for the rest of the set.


E.G. Max pressups in 2 mins;

First 30 pressups AIM for 1 rep every 1 sec, you may not be able to hold this rate for the full 30 reps but at about 70-80% effort (This will use up 30 secs)

Then go for your normal rate for 60 secs (should take you to 1 min 30 secs).

Then full out for the last 30 secs.


The downside to this is that if you go over the top for the first bit then you may run out of steam for the rest of the set.

Disclamer! If you are reading this the night before your PFT then don't try this technique. Follow this in about 10 practise sessions and find what works for you, If you think you can go for 70-80% for longer than 30 reps then do it, if you can't do it for 30+ reps and then carry on to do more pressups for 2 mins, don't try this

Some say you push them out hard and fast at the start. Some say pace yourself. Some say slow to start, fast to finish.

I say, neighbour up with someone who'll slip you that extra ten.

Don't rip the cunt out of it though. Fat QM lad with his gut touching the floor in the up position, but think's he's the geezer, gets the oppo to give him a pass "one.........two......................three.........................thirty six....." then fails him when asked for his score. What a cuuuuuuuuuuunt.

Sit Up Scores

Same as above. Neighbour up wisely.



Combat Fitness Test Endurance

This really isn't difficult. The only people that should struggle with this are females because of the sheer physical makeup of their body and short stride length. Don't forget to stick some rollmat around your shoulder straps though for comfort and support. Nothing worse than having that cheese wire feeling after a couple of miles,



General Fitness

Don't be a fat slag around camp, don't eat shite, and don't coast on Regimental PT. If there's a slow, medium and fast group, get in the fucking fast group and if needs be, fall back to the medium group. If they need markers, get out there and mark (it's factually easier to be a marker than run in a squad) and just think about who you are and what you represent.