Inspired by fellow YouTuber Stan Browney’s recent attempt, Yannick and Michael from the Calisthenics Family channel threw themselves into the U.S. Army physical fitness test (PFT) for their latest challenge video. The PFT, which assesses whether a candidate’s functional fitness is sufficient to start basic training, consists of 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of situps, and a 2-mile (3.2 km) run.
Given that bodyweight exercises fall very much in these guys’ wheelhouse, Yannick and Michael aren’t too concerned about the first few rounds of the test. They start off with the pushups, where a minimum of 42 reps is required in the allotted 2 minutes for a passing score. Each repetition must be completed with correct form: hands at shoulder width, and a 90-degree elbow angle at the lower end of the movement.
Yannick goes first and nails a perfect score with 76 pushups in 2 minutes, while Michael also gets full points, with one less rep at 75.
Following a 15-minute recovery period, they take on the next round: situps. The required form here involves a 90-degree knee angle, with somebody holding their feet, and they have to both touch the ground with their upper back and come all the way up for a rep to count. 50 reps are needed to pass, while 80 or above constitute a perfect score.
Yannick completes 88 reps (a perfect score) before collapsing back onto the mat, out of breath. “You’re making it tough for me now,” says Michael, who is up next and determines to do even better. This time, he narrowly beats Yannick, and wins with 89 reps. “I’m feeling kind of dizzy, man,” he says, telling Michael: “If you didn’t get 88, I would never have got 89.”
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The third and final round of the PFT is the 2-mile run, where a minimum time of 15:54 is needed in order to pass. Yannick and Michael do this portion of the test together, and complete the run at the same time, with another perfect score: Yannick has a time of 10:53, while Michael finishes one or two seconds ahead of him.
“At the beginning it felt easy to run that hard,” says Michael. “Then I felt it… especially after those situps.”
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