8 Training Rules to Pass the Army Combat Fitness Test


The new Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, is a total departure from the way fitness has been measured and tested in the military—and it’s got a lot of people feeling nervous.

Army lifers who could pass the old test (2 minutes of push-ups, 2 minutes of sit-ups, and a 2-mile run) in their sleep are having to train for events that they have to Google to see performed, using equipment they don’t have easy access to. And for new cadets without any real background in strength training it’s an even more daunting challenge.

Trust me: You can pass this test—and you don’t need six months or a year of prep to do it. But don’t count on it happening without smart, strategic training to help you crack the toughest events.

These are my training rules for a no-doubt passing score on ACFT test day. If you want to put them into action, check them out in my…

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