Much has happened this week. After the nice three-day weekend, we started out the week on Tuesday with our Physical Fitness Baseline (PFB) test. The PFB test is intended to let us know how we will perform on the twice-yearly Air Force Physical Fitness Test (PFT). Both the PFB and PFT have four parts: (1) how many pushups you can do in a minute; (2) how many situps you can do in a minute; (3) how fast you can run 1.5 miles; and (4) your waist measurement. There are 100 possible points, and the points are scaled depending on your age group. Because I’m an old man, I fall into the 30-to-35 age group. 80 points is a passing score.
I scored a 94. I feel pretty good about that. I knew that doing all that CrossFit with my friends at CrossFit Monrovia would get me in shape for this, and it was satisfying to know that I would have no problems meeting the Air Force fitness standards. Thank you, my fellow rats! One of these weekends I’ll have to try and get off base to work out with one of the CrossFit boxes in Montgomery, because the regular workouts we’ve been doing here are not that challenging (plus the instruction we get on proper form is all wrong – you can’t do a full squat while keeping your hands on your hips!)Not everyone in Echo Flight did so well. We had three people fail the PFB, which means that they are going to have to kick it into another gear and get right so that they can pass the real PFT, which we take the week before graduation. Two of the three are our two chaplains (there are only four chaplains in the entire class, and Echo Flight has two of them). So we’ll need to work with them a lot to get them stronger and faster in the next few weeks.