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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-06-08, 12:28 AM   #1
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USAF PT Test

Took my annual PT test yesterday...

Age: 28
Height: 72 1/2 inches
Weight: 225 pounds
Waist: 35 1/2
Push Ups (1 minute): 51
Sit Ups (1 minute): 34
1.5 mile run: 12 minutes 54 seconds

Honestly pretty bad compared to where I was last year, but I still passed (barely). I'm going to have to get a little more serious about my exercise program though - too many other things have been taking up my time this year, and it's having a negative impact on my fitness.

Oddly enough, I seem to have shrunk an inch since last year.

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Old 10-06-08, 04:59 AM   #2
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Even though I am in better shape than 4 years ago. I still would fail. I can't do pushups worth a darn because of a crappy shoulder. I need to get back into doing correct form pushups as they are "the perfect exercise" according to a few of the trainers I have spoken to. I still am not good at them, but I do understand why they call them the perfect exercise. It would help me with my core and I know that is a weakness.

At least you passed, and have an idea of what you need to work on. I have noticed that biking does not make my running any better. Even if I put my biking up to the same heart rate as my running, and only bike for a month, my running is severly impacted by not running. I have been out of running for over two months now because of a foot injury, so this might get worse when I start back next week.
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I have noticed that biking does not make my running any better.
Unfortunately, this is true. I've tried cycling, elyptical machines, stationary bikes, walking, swimming, and a half dozen other things, but the only exercise I've found that actually improves my run times is (you guessed it) running.

Sucks to be me, because I hate to run (I don't have anything against exercise in general, just running in particular), and I need to shave about 1 minute off my time before next year. I could stand to drop a few inches around the middle, too, but that'll probably come as a side effect of the running without any extra effort on my part.

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I used to hate running, but I have noticed that my body is better when I run. I screwed up my foot because of dropping a heavy valve on it while helping someone else. I should be running again next week. I tried this week and it was not a good start.
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Unfortunately, this is true. I've tried cycling, elyptical machines, stationary bikes, walking, swimming, and a half dozen other things, but the only exercise I've found that actually improves my run times is (you guessed it) running.

Sucks to be me, because I hate to run (I don't have anything against exercise in general, just running in particular), and I need to shave about 1 minute off my time before next year. I could stand to drop a few inches around the middle, too, but that'll probably come as a side effect of the running without any extra effort on my part.

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I started running about three months ago, then had to take the last month off for medical reasons. I was running two days a week and riding three. I noticed that the running helped my aerobic capacity on the bike, but my legs were constantly tired, so my shorter distance bike speeds actually slowed down. Like Dr_Robert said though cycling has had absolutely no impact on my ability to run.
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Unfortunately, this is true. I've tried cycling, elyptical machines, stationary bikes, walking, swimming, and a half dozen other things, but the only exercise I've found that actually improves my run times is (you guessed it) running.

Sucks to be me, because I hate to run (I don't have anything against exercise in general, just running in particular), and I need to shave about 1 minute off my time before next year. I could stand to drop a few inches around the middle, too, but that'll probably come as a side effect of the running without any extra effort on my part.

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I think your results are awesome...

to increase your running times - you may try the following: either the Step Mill for say 40 minutes - it's walkign up stairs basically - and it is the hardest cardio machine I know of..or spinning classes....
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You know, that's probably the only cardio machine in the gym I haven't tried yet. I'll give it a shot!

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You know, that's probably the only cardio machine in the gym I haven't tried yet. I'll give it a shot!

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OI started with 5 minutes..worked up to 15 and recently did 40 ..but then had a miraine all day - Also tip - do not hold onto the rails.... So it's all you! Take it easy.... and let me know how you do! Cause I can do 0 real pushups - so I bet you will be a pro on the cardio machine.
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I've got a friend who just re-upped and did 45/45/13m 10s on his PT.
I'm fine with situps, but pushups and running really aren't my thing. I'd be lucky to pass minimum on either one.
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"Hey Marines! I probably couldn't pass the minimums on your PT, either!"

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Took my test last week.

Age: 26
Hieght: 67 in
Waist: 37in
Push Ups: 47
Sit Ups: 54
Ergo: 48
Total score: 82.4

I probably should have done more push ups but was weak from the small meal that morning.
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Took my annual PT test yesterday...
Age: 28
Height: 72 1/2 inches
Weight: 225 pounds
Waist: 35 1/2
Push Ups (1 minute): 51
Sit Ups (1 minute): 34
1.5 mile run: 12 minutes 54 seconds
I don't know what the requirements are these days, but back when I was AF there was a 1.5 mile run you had to do that was time-based depending on your age, and you just had to be able to do 30 pushups and 30 situps, but they weren't really timed unless you were abusing it and obviously dragging it out. It looks like the PT requirements may have gotten a bit more structured than they used to be.

Much like others who have responded, I also hate running. I hated it then, and I hate it now. The difference really is that now I don't have to do it, so I don't. I bike nearly every weekday to/from work (6 miles each way) and rigorously walk for about 40 minutes at least two times a week as time permits (I can't always get away from my desk during the day).

I also started the pushup regimen a couple of months ago. That was humiliating when I first started. I struggled to do even one pushup because I had gotten so fat and out of shape. So, I compromised for a while and did my pushups from my knees and hands instead of my toes and hands. That way I could at least do some, and as I recall 'some' was 7 or so back then. I am still far from a pushup monster, but I end up doing three sets of how ever many I can (which starts around 15 and ends around 11 on the 3rd set), but they are on the toes now.

I think the best part of any exercise you start doing is how much you get to dramatically improve. It is only after you have done something for a while that improvement becomes slow.
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Good work on your PT! I remember when I was in the Navy having to take it. I barely passed the run, I always had one of my buddies that was an avid runner pace me to ensure I would make it.
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Bicycling helps your running immensely in a coupel key areas: cardio, and with breathing techniques. My biggest hindrance right now is the reduced stamina I have brought upon myself. At 245 lbs, it is hard to run more than half a mile, and a bit discouraging. However, I have been riding my bike for about 5 or so miles, and I find that once I get past the "wall," at about the 8 minute mark, I start to feel good again--and that's what I remember a good run was like. Further, I had to remember how to breathe properly and employ the little techniques that would allow me not gasp, exhale completely, match my stroke, etc. I plan to run three days this week, and bike three days... My .02 ;o)
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