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Readers Respond: Is the Air Force on the Right Track with Their Fitness Program?

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From the article: New Air Force Fitness Test
The Air Force Chief of Staff has approved several changes to the Air Force Physical Fitness Test (AFPFT). Do think they are on the right track? Share Your Thoughts


Tips for those who are too 'busy': -Do push-ups and sit-ups every hour during work. I'm sure you can find 3min every hour during your busy schedule. -Go to gym during lunch to run at least a 1.5mile. Shouldn't take more than 30min unless you really let yourself go. You can also shower at the gym. :) -Pack your lunch and watch what you eat. Your waist will suffer if you depend on fast food more than 2x a week. You are what you eat. If you don't have time to do any of those, you're just making excuses. You're not even trying. If you have time to surf the internet, watch tv, read this post, etc. I'm very positive you have time to do what I had listed. The hardest part is the initial process of starting the exercise. Before you flame me or rebuttal what I had mention, please do as much push/sit ups as you can for a 1min each. If you have time to argue and make excuses, what's stopping you right now from getting down on the floor?
—Guest Hmmmm...

Wasted Waist

Been doing this for over 30 years my weight has not fluctuated in 10 years, yet this time the PTL measures my waist from the rear of my hips instead of the front which raises the tape much higher bringing me to 39.5 instead of my norm 37! I just want consistency with the PTL's!
—Guest Waist is a Waste

Excellence in all we do

As I prepare to leave for AF BMT, I have replaced my normal fitness routine with a more military focused lifestyle. From eating grilled chicken, veggies, fruit, drinking more water, and limiting starches to limited amounts of whole wheat, I am taking the level of fitness required to excel in the USAF seriously. Though my job will be a linguist, which apparently puts me in the "brains" category, I refuse to let this or my female gender be an excuse for my lack of preparation for BMT. Thus, I am doing interval running twice a week/long distance 6 miles once a week, core workout 6 days a week, and push-ups/pull-ups/upper body weight lifting 3 days a week. In my opinion, the government requiring airman to be physically fit to eliminate the under qualified is equivalent to the expectation for me to score high enough on the ASVAB and pass the defense language aptitude battery (DLAB) to qualify for my position as linguist. If you aren't meeting standards, let's find someone that can.
—Guest Future Airman

Response to - Define Fitness

SSgt FUAF, I too am 6'1" and weigh in at 255 lbs. and considered obese. I also played college ball, bench 450 and squat 725 and can run the 1.5 in around 9:30 on a bad day; my average is 9:13-9:20. I also do a bit of MMA and boxing on the side when I have some free time. Somehow when I step up to the line and get measured my 40 size waist fails. Please tell me though why an officer whom looks 60 lbs over weight, fat nasty, double the waist size can pass but the fail me? And to Clark, fake name of course, I was in the Army and et punks like you as a meal. I was in the 2nd Ranger BN based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. You want to sound big and bad on here, make the Army look better than the Air Force, I sir challenge you to join the Rangers a real man's Army.
—Guest TSgt FUAF

It's not that hard

So the air force test is not too bad. We need to put in less time than other services. The higher ups want you to look good in uniform and be healthy. You may or may not deploy but if you do you will be thankful to have endurance. A 39 inch waist is not unachievable no matter your stature. If you are a big burly guy that is cut and still have over a 39 then that is what waivers are for. However if you are a overweight and not really putting forth effort you will not lose weight. 3-5 days of working out is good if you actually put forth effort. However, if you go out and barely perform as I see so often at PT sessions you are not really working out. Diet is huge and too many people put faith in supplements. They have a lot of calories and if you are not doing the proper amount of training in response to what you take then they are adding calories to the already finite amount you can have to maintain or lose weight. In closing, eat healthy, work hard, make no excuses and enjoy your day.
—Guest Cyber guy


Don't complain about your weight and the Air Force. I am 6 feet and broad shoulder, with a waist size of a 38. I am training myself and losing weight for the Air Force PT. So here is some advice. Don't wait to do the PT in basics, but instead get started before you go to BMT.
—Guest Austin Snyder

Isn't the Same Air Force

That's one of the biggest reasons I retired. When I first joined the Air Force it was the best kept secret and I would have served 5 more years, now it's full of wanna be soldiers and wanna be Marines who think they are some day going to the front lines. News Flash you are not Infantry , aromored or Airborne, and you will never go beyond the wire into combat. If you desire combat and PT then get out of the Air Force and Join the branches who do this, and quit screwing up the Air Force with this BS PT . Suck up That.
—Guest Retired


Wake up Air Force........if someone performs their job well above the standard and contributes to the mission 110%, but cannot pass a PT test by virtue of a second too slow, 1 situp too little or 1 pushup too little.....not to mention all of the problems with the abdominal circumference measurement.....the system is flawed. While Airmen.....or captain Snuffy can just get by, just meet the minimum standard, pass the PT test and be kept in. Also, the PT test should be job specific. A physician should not be held to the same standard as a PJ or security forces, or those going outside of the wire. Morale in the Air Force already sucks, so if a different standard for different jobs ticks off people and incites a double standard......tough shit......Morale will still suck.
—Guest Major Colon

I agree

I got an 89.5 on my fitness test and it was because they measured my waist at a 37. the lowest I have every got on my waist is 35!
—Guest whoah nelly


I lost over 150 lbs before I joined the airforce, the smallest my waist has ever been was 36 inches. This was with running 3 miles a day, and eating one meal a day. Now I fractured my spine, and my hip which puts me on a profile. I can't run, do situps, or pusups but I exercise EVERY day. I can bench over 250lbs, and don't have a problem walking for an extended period of time. The reason I keep failing my test is because I lost so much weight that my waist is still too big, and combined with the not as active lifestyle. The measurements only work for people who: Haven't had a surgery. Weren't pregnant. Didn't lose a tremendous amount of weight. Don't have large hips. Don't have fat naturally sent to their core. Don't have waist deformities. Didn't eat too much the day prior. Don't retain a lot of water weight. The list goes on. Visceral fat may cause heart attacks, but so does stress and we don't measure for that. It's a stupid illogical argument.
—Guest Airman


I'm tired of the whiners. 99% of the "big crowd" are just fat. Follow the height/weight charts and your waist will magically be manageable. Don't think for a second that being in excellent shape doesn't help you in all areas of your life: personal, mentally, job etc. Most of the time it's just the dog pulling against the leash. Stop thinking about it as "forced to do it" and do it for your own personal good.
—Guest Ummmm ok


The same people kicking you out are the same people that are on permanent profile, will never take a test again and are praised because their age group is leading the way in passing. This program is just another program developed by the two headed monster to ensure the continuation of pathetic leadership and yes men. All those that work well over a standard work week...Get out, there is room for you in the civilian sector, your squadron CC doesn't care about you or anything but his own career. Get out and actually serve the US by working towards bettering the economy and living condidtions
—Guest Guest AF

Suck it up!

There is a better way of doing the pt test. However as it has always been the military will not and cannot pull its head from its ass. Now to all you airmen who can't pass the pt test, time to grow the hell up wipe the sand from your clit and get out there and hit it hard. I struggle with my weight and pt scores just as much as you and I am a PJ. And no they are not on the right track with the fitness program.
—Guest Genious

Just get fit

Stop feeling sorry for yourself, if you failed an af pt test then sorry bout it. The Air Force is on a good track with their pt test you joined the military to be fit to fight your in the Air Force your probably not gonna be front line of anything but yet you complain about bein fit to fight. If you failed you should prob. push yourself harder next time unless you failed because of your waist limit which even then if your doin the right things you can slim that down too
—Guest Sorry

AF PT test Driscrimination

Since when is it ok to discriminate on age or gender! My last test as a male under 30: 50 PU, 1.5 mile in 11:52, 35" waist but only 38 situps. I fail. I've never understood how the AF can say that I'm less fit to fight than the 40+ female (or anyone else) who is held to a lesser standard in my same career. Am I really less fit to fight than someone who does half of what I did but scores an excellent because of their age or gender? or is this whole thing a pile of crap. Maybe they should consider pt testing by career requirements as opposed to discriminating based on gender and age
—Guest Not F2F

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