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British Army Entrance Physical

I’m intending to join the army, and i’ve just sent off my application, but i’ve hit a stumbling block.

It seems that the physical entry requirements are that you have to be able to do 12 pull ups and a 1.5 mile (timed)

does this seem a bit retarded to anyone else? i mean, how can that be an adequate test of someones fitness?

i can lift quite a bit, but i can do 8 pull ups max, and i can do the run no problem.

just seems weird to me. and to add a point to this thread, has anyone seen decent results on a chin specialisation program?

Nathan

128 posts since Feb 2007, surely you’ve worked out how to use the search function and google by now…

Use the chin specialization just pronate your arms for pull ups.
Or else if you can do 8 in one sitting
Break it down.

You can do them every day if needed JUST DO NOT GO TO FAILURE AT ALL.

Those be your 2 choices.

Pull ups are with chin ups the best test of relative strength ALOT of your body has to fire to get you that many pull ups.
And the run a complete beginner could do.

correct, i can operate both google and the search function, but what i wanted was stories of peoples successes with certain programs and movements, not the programs themselves, 73 posts since jun 07, surely you can read by now?

Corkonian - why shouldn’t i go to failure? and i’ll find out whether it’s chins or pullups they want done, thanks for info.

I would presume its pull ups, as chin ups have really no real world application… whereas pull ups most certainly do.

If your following CT’s program, and i used it for 4 months to get to 22 chin ups, then thats fine.

OR

If you can do 8 reps every morning do 6, afternoon do 6, eveinng do 6 etc etc but just dont wear out your muscle completely so you can come back tomorrow and do it again.

Up to you which path you want to follow.
If it was me, id do CT’s one.


If you WANT, you CAN

The same thing applies to the rest of the military training.
It’s 70% a mental game mate!!
And I can guarantee you they are going to ask more reps from you further in training.(except if you are going to be a radio-operator which I doubt)

Thumbs up Sarpedon put on your combatface and give 'em hell because they are going to give it to you (a little picture from my training as an attackdiver)

So the bottomline; if you are concerned about a couple of pullups, you are gonna have to dig dEEp later

well, despite a long delay, my application has gone through, i’ve passed the medical (just, my hearing is piss-poor), and my Army Development and Recruitment weekend is set for the 7th and 8th of November.

Bricking it? Just a bit.
Excited? More so than ever before.
Relieved? Ask me on the 9th.

This is it. If i pass this weekend, i’m in. If i don’t, I’m not. It’s just that simple.

My mind is set, i can’t give up, to do that ruins my career, i have so much riding on this it’s unbelieveable. I won’t give up because to do that admits weakness. Weak isn’t something i want to be labelled.

I am fully prepared to be one of the most hated recruits on barracks, the military police are none to popular with the rest of the army, and this is the time where it is easy for them to make my life hell. They can beat me, degrade me and hurt me, i’ll lap it up and smile right back in their face, they can’t touch me. I’m invincible.

Now, regarding my training, i’ve slackened off the heavy weight work in favour of more speed based training. The army doesn’t really care how much i bench, but they’re gonna make me bang out press ups like no tomorrow. Similarly, i’m going to be running more than ever before, so i assume the best way to prepare for this is just to run all the time?

Sarps

Why military police?

[quote]Sarpedon wrote:
I’m intending to join the army, and i’ve just sent off my application, but i’ve hit a stumbling block.

It seems that the physical entry requirements are that you have to be able to do 12 pull ups and a 1.5 mile (timed)

does this seem a bit retarded to anyone else? i mean, how can that be an adequate test of someones fitness?

i can lift quite a bit, but i can do 8 pull ups max, and i can do the run no problem.

just seems weird to me. and to add a point to this thread, has anyone seen decent results on a chin specialisation program?

Nathan[/quote]

it may not be a good test of anyone fitness but they have to test the potential cannon fodder some way. It does not matter what you think they will break you and then they will make you.

Its stunning how many kids fail the entry tests. If you can only do 8 pull ups then do 4 every hour chuck in some press ups and sit ups, your target should to pass the test and let the PTI’s worry about your training once your in. if you want any more help give me a PM cheers Spud

[quote]Sarpedon wrote:
I’m intending to join the army, and i’ve just sent off my application, but i’ve hit a stumbling block.

It seems that the physical entry requirements are that you have to be able to do 12 pull ups and a 1.5 mile (timed)

does this seem a bit retarded to anyone else? i mean, how can that be an adequate test of someones fitness?

i can lift quite a bit, but i can do 8 pull ups max, and i can do the run no problem.

just seems weird to me. and to add a point to this thread, has anyone seen decent results on a chin specialisation program?

Nathan[/quote]

Google the Armstrong Pullup Program.

i always wondered why someone would want to be a MP

[quote]caveman101 wrote:
i always wondered why someone would want to be a MP[/quote]

Little big man complex :slight_smile:

aha. i’m just interested in police work. like the idea of the job. and if i can do it in the army and learn discipline and travel lots, that’s where i wanna be.

[quote]Sarpedon wrote:
I’m intending to join the army, and i’ve just sent off my application, but i’ve hit a stumbling block.

It seems that the physical entry requirements are that you have to be able to do 12 pull ups and a 1.5 mile (timed)

does this seem a bit retarded to anyone else? i mean, how can that be an adequate test of someones fitness?

i can lift quite a bit, but i can do 8 pull ups max, and i can do the run no problem.

just seems weird to me. and to add a point to this thread, has anyone seen decent results on a chin specialisation program?

Nathan[/quote]

http://www.cbass.com/Pavel’sLadders.htm

that’s awesome! not quite sure how i’m gonna find a pull up bar to fit that in at college, but i guess i can improvise with a wall or something =D

Here you go bud. This chinup/pullup bar will fit in any doorway, and its only £26

http://www.ukfitnesssupplies.co.uk/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=929&gclid=CImVn8nLx5YCFQWR1QodqSLuxw

Well guys, Selection went well. Managed to churn out 13 heaves, and completed the 1.5 miler in 12.23 minutes. Even better than that, the rest of my selection was outstanding apparently, and I’ve been encouraged to go for PTI (Physical Training Instructor) training next year!

Thanks for the help lads!

EDIT - oh, and for those that are interested, it was chins, not pull ups. The PTI even said “we do these so that you can jump through windows and onto the back of trucks and shit” now, was this guy not 6’5 and about the same width, i would piped up and noted that windows don’t have convenient bars, and that surely a pull up grip is more appropriate.

oh, and i can do more chins than pull ups =P