Are Body Mass Index and Abdominal Circumference useful Indicators of Fitness Test Outcome in the British Army?

Research Paper Title The association between obesity related health risk and fitness test results in the British Army personnel. Background In the British Army, fitness is assessed by a load carriage test (Annual Fitness Test, AFT) and by a three event Personal Fitness Assessment (PFA). Body composition based on body mass index (BMI) and abdominal… Read More

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What Questions Should Your Personal Trainer Be Asking During Your Initial Consultation, Assessment & Induction?

There are a range of questions your personal trainer should be asking you that go beyond simply asking about your weight, money you have to spend, and how much you can bench press. Collecting data on your height and weight (to work out your BMI) – as well as your waist circumference (this combined with… Read More

What is the Association of Sickle Cell Trait & Haemoglobin S Percentage with Physical Fitness?

Research Paper Title Association of Sickle Cell Trait and Haemoglobin S Percentage with Physical Fitness. Background This study aimed to determine the association between sickle cell trait (SCT) as a binary variable and haemoglobin S percentage as a stratified categorical variable with aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Methods This retrospective cohort study included all recruits who… Read More

British Army Unveils New Physical Employment Standards (PES)

In September 2018, the British Army demonstrated its new In-Service Physical Employment Standards (PES) for all ground close combat roles which will come into effect for the “Infantry and Royal Armoured Corps” from April 2019 (Soldier, 2018, p.7). Tests tailored to other soldier roles will be introduced in 2021. “It is envisaged the incoming system will… Read More

What is the Number of UK Military Personnel who Failed at least one Fitness Test?

Between 01 June 2014 and 31 May 2015: 588 UK Regular Royal Navy (RN) personnel (in service as at 01 June 2015) failed at least one fitness test. This constituted 3% of personnel in service as at 01 June 2015 that took at least one fitness test during the period. 4,339 UK Regular Army personnel… Read More

A Historical Review & Analysis of US Army Physical Readiness Training & Assessment

Research Paper Title A Historical Review and Analysis of Army Physical Readiness Training and Assessment. Background The Combat Studies Institute is excited to publish this work on the history of physical readiness training in our Army by Dr. Whitfield B. East, a Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy… Read More

Can a Technique-focused Training Programme Improve Performance on Annual Fitness Tests?

Research Paper Title Effects of technique-focused training in conjunction with physical readiness training on Army physical fitness test performance. Background The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is a semi-annual requirement. While conducting physical readiness training (PRT) is a requirement for all Soldiers, there is no requirement to train Soldiers on techniques that may help to… Read More