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The Army Physical Fitness test, also known as the APFT, is a three-part physical test used to test your cardio fitness, strength and endurance during Basic Combat Training. Passing the APFT is a requirement for graduating Basic Combat Training and continuing your career with the Army.
The following 10 week plan is programmed to help you achieve a sub 17 min 2 mile run while also preparing you for the rigors you will face in Boot Camp and after. In order to achieve this, the plan not only includes running workouts, but also cross training, strength/core training, and video resources to help with the following:
Properly using your Heart Rate Monitor/Pace Device and Training Peaks to get the most out of them
Common Injuries and how to identify and prevent their onset (foot/achilles/knee etc)
One of the common problems I’ve encountered with typical APFT Plans is that while they help recruits prepare for the 2 mile running test, they fail to educate and prepare the recruit for the mileage and training they will do beyond that. This plan focuses on training recruits so that they will not only improve their 2mile test but also build up their aerobic base and durability to handle more training later on, while simultaneously educating them on proper form, cross training, and recovery modalities to help keep you healthy. We do this by focusing 80% of the training on slow easy runs using Heart Rate Zones and strength/core training, while 20% of the plan is focused on high intensity and faster paced training and including multiple video/educational resource links.
The only equipment you will need for this plan is a heart monitor and each plan purchase comes with a no charge introductory phone call to go over everything with you, one on one.
This plan for the recruit who does not have an endurance running background or who has taken significant time off from training and starts very slowly, if you have been running 15+ miles a week then you may be better suited to one of my intermediate/advanced plans. However, if you have the time, it’s almost always better to start on a plan slightly easier than what you could have chosen than a plan that is a bit too difficult.
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How it Works
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This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Heart Rate Monitor
- This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
- Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
- Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
- Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
- Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
- Completed workouts sync with popular apps like Garmin and Wahoo. Learn More
- If plan includes Structured Workouts, then planned workouts sync to compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time. Learn More
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