New member here. I took a look at older entries but I didn't find a specific answer to this question:
I am training to improve my Cooper test and eventually join the armed forces in Portugal. However, cardio like running, elliptical (eeww!), etc. has always been a chore to me. On the other side, lifting weights is entertaining, exciting and pleasant even when it burns. Hence, I would prefer to improve my condition and speed incorporating more weights than cardio.
I have been told by a friend (body lifter) that substituting most of the cardio for sequences of good lifts should do wonders improving my time on Cooper test. Would you agree? Have you ever tried? And do you think it is reasonable to, e.g., run once or twice a week (simulating the test) and lift most of the days?
P.S.: According to the regulations, females have to complete Cooper test in 14 mins instead of 12 mins to be considered apt. However, I'm not sure that I just have to "pass" or if ordering candidates by time will be one of the criteria when deciding between 2 applications. Also, there will be much more men than women applying, so if they consider the best times it is likely than men will score better. Then, I want to train to achieve the best time possible and not just a "pass".