What is the Association of Electrocardiographic Left & Right Ventricular Hypertrophy with Physical Fitness of Military Males?

Research Paper Title Association of electrocardiographic left and right ventricular hypertrophy with physical fitness of military males: The CHIEF study. Background To investigate the association of electrocardiographic (ECG) left and/or right ventricular hypertrophy (LVH and RVH) with physical fitness of military males. Methods The researchers used a military cohort of 2587 males, who were on… Read More

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Does Inspiratory Muscle Training Improve Exercise Capacity with Thoracic Load Carriage?

Research Paper Title Inspiratory muscle training improves exercise capacity with thoracic load carriage. Background Thoracic load carriage (LC) exercise impairs exercise performance compared to unloaded exercise, partially due to impaired respiratory mechanics. The researchers investigated the effects of LC on exercise and diaphragmatic fatigue in a constant-load exercise task; and whether inspiratory muscle training (IMT)… Read More

Quick Outline of the British Army’s New Fitness Tests

There are now new fitness tests that aspirants will undertake when they attend the Army Assessment Centre. There are three elements that individuals will be tested on: Running; Throwing; and Pull. These elements are tested in the following tests. The Run This is a two-part run: 0.5 mile (800 metre) warm-up jog, taking between 6… Read More

British Army Physical Employment Standards (PES)

The following four tables outline the Role Fitness Test (RFT) for: Table 1: Ground Close Combat (GCC) roles, Phase 1 Basic Training (BT) Entrance Test and Output Test. Table 2: GCC roles, Phase 2 Employment Training, or Initial Trade Training (ITT). Table 3: Non-GCC roles, BT Entrance Test and Output Test. Table 4: Non-GCC Output… Read More

Can We Determine the Genetic, Physiologic, & Behavioural Predictors of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Specialised Military Men?

Research Paper Title Genetic, Physiologic, and Behavioral Predictors of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Specialized Military Men. Background Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is a crucial performance requirement of specialised military occupations. Age and physical activity are established predictors of CRF, but it is not clear how these predictors combine with each other and/or with genetic predisposition. The goal… Read More

Does the The Pandolf Equation Under-predict the Metabolic Rate of Contemporary Military Load Carriage?

Research Paper Title The Pandolf equation under-predicts the metabolic rate of contemporary military load carriage. Background This investigation assessed the accuracy of error of the Pandolf load carriage energy expenditure equation when simulating contemporary military conditions (load distribution, external load and walking speed). This was a within-participant design. Methods Sixteen male participants completed 10 trials… Read More

Movement Advice for Desk Jockeys from the RAPTC

If your stuck at your desk most days, Sergeant Lydia Hilson from the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) offers this advice: “If you’re at your desk try and get up every 45 minutes to an hour. Go to the toilet on another floor, get up and make a coffee or organise a walking meeting.… Read More