How Treadmills Can Help You to Train for Military Fitness Tests

A good number of runners keep on referring to treadmills as “dreadmills”, but this cardio equipment bears with them one characteristic feature that cannot be denied.

Professional treadmills are designed with the specs and the technology capable of preparing anyone for athletic performance without the need of having a workout coach during the training sessions. If you are interested in joining a military academy, then this is a feature you can exploit fully to your advantage, especially when it comes to preparing to pass the military fitness tests.

Although most people interested in joining military academies may be privy to this information, it is my delight to bring to your attention that running tests are one of those tests which feature prominently in almost every military test. Of course, there are also other requirements in addition to running.

Therefore, before you can be admitted to the United States Army, you must complete a two-mile run test which forms part of the Army Physical Fitness Test. If you are interested in joining the US Navy, then you will have to complete the Navy Physical Readiness Test which also involves a one and a half mile running test. And for the Airforce, you have to pass the Airforce Physical Readiness Test which also includes a one and a half mile running test.

If you are interested in becoming a firefighter in the United States, then the International Association of Fire Fighters has a requirement for you to pass the Gerkin Protocol test. This test is mostly done on treadmills since the treadmills have various functionalities, including the capability to monitor heart rates and to predict the precise amount of VO2. VO2 refers to the maximum amount of oxygen needed during high-intensity workouts. The treadmills are designed with capabilities to automatically calculate the VO2 values when you are performing at your peak heart rate and it will be required that when you reach that level, then you have to stay in that zone for at least 15 seconds.

The majority of you may be aware of the requirements for the various military tests, but very few know that the treadmills are designed with consoles containing preset Military Running. These treadmills make it possible for you to work out on your own, and without the need for a coach when you are looking forward to passing the military tests. One of the most vital aspects of these features is that at the end of every workout session, you will get a reading of your score in points, based on your sex, age, and the time you took to complete the workout. It thus makes it possible for you to gauges your progress and know if you are moving closer to hitting your targets for passing the military tests.

I have had the pleasure of trying out some of the present workouts in some of the impressive treadmills, and I must admit that my experience was nothing short of stellar. In this piece, we will look at a few of the treadmills that come with military workouts and how you can take advantage of them to help you in passing the military physical fitness tests.

The first treadmill I would like to talk about for this purposes is the Life Platinum Club Series Inspire treadmill. This particular treadmill comes with 34 preset workouts which include The Army Physical Fitness, the Physical Efficiency Battery Test, the Gerkin Protocol, the Airforce Physical Readiness Test, the Marines Physical Test and the Navy Physical Readiness Test.

Second wonderful treadmill to mention in this category is the Landice L9, simply known as L9. The treadmill comes with an executive trainer console which has the following running tests-: the Airforce Test, the Marine Test, the Army Test, the Navy Test and Gerkin Fitness Protocol. As such, it is a wholesome treadmill that will give you all the workouts you need to prepare you adequately for any of the listed military tests.

Precor 966i Experience is another treadmill worth considering if you are prepping for the military fitness tests. It is not just ideal for preparing for the tests, but also it is a professional treadmill designed for individuals who desire to have a treadmill that can comfortably substitute their outdoor running. The treadmill comes with an Integrated Footplant Technology which essentially attempts to mimic the natural running motion so that the user can have a smooth and natural experience while using it. It also has the Ground Effects technology to allow for maximum stability and to absorb high impact motion while at the same time helping the users gain top speeds.

As far as preparing for the military fitness is concerned, the Precor 966i Experience treadmill has 29 preset workouts which include the Marine Test, the Airforce Test, the Army Test, the Navy Test and the Gerkin Fitness Test.

The other treadmill I would happily include in this list is the ProForm 505 CST. This may not be necessarily fitted with the specific military workout, but it has the right features to help you attain just any kind of fitness levels you desire. Since one of the focus of most of the military workouts is running and endurance, the ProForm 505 CST may as well provide you with every convenience you need for effective cardio training and to get ready for the military tests. The treadmill comes with a total of 18 preset workouts, a long track to accommodate the tall users and a powerful motor to allow for top speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. With these and many other features, you will get the intensity, experience and the ability to prep adequately before heading for your military tests.

So what exactly do these treadmills have in common and which makes them ideal partner if you are preparing for the military tests?

The first you thing you will notice about all the models is that they allow you to insert your personal information such as sex and age before you embark on the test. With this information, the console will automatically calculate accurate score which can be compared with the military standards. On all the treadmills, except ProForm 505 CST the default setting of the console during the tests is the incline, and this can’t be changed once the test is started. It is only speeds you will be able to control. While you take the tests, don’t forget that the faster you finish, the better score you will have.

These treadmills excluding ProForm 505 CST cost a lot over $5,000. The most expensive one happens to be the Life Fitness Club Premium model which retails at $7,000, and from my point of view, it is the best in the entire list.

If you don’t have enough money, we will suggest you to go with the Proform 505 CST as it costs around $599 and comes with all the essential features to make you ready for the various military fitness tests. And if you lack on space too which is one of the most common issue that most of us experience, we will recommend you to go with under desk treadmills as they consume less space and can easily be slid under the bed or table for storage. Though they lack high speed range but they offer long continuous running time to build up your stamina, strengthen your heart, leg muscles and ligaments.

So what’s the difference amongst these treadmills?

In terms of basic functionalities and helping you to reach your fitness goals or pass the military fitness tests, all the treadmills have virtually every feature you need. However, there are slight differences worth pointing out. On the Life Fitness treadmill and the Precor 966i for instance, they come fitted with an altitude option. If you are training for the Marine Test, then you can choose 4,500 feet below or above the mean sea level. As usual, each option will have its own difficult level.

On the Life Fitness model, you will be required to enter you speed goal at the beginning of the test. The other three models, however, will give you the option to adjust this choice as you proceed with the workout.

With Landice and the ProForm models, your projected score will be shown on the console throughout the duration of the workout. This can act as a motivation and a prompt for you to adjust your speed as you go about the workout since you will be able to guess what you are likely to end up with at the end of the session. Remember, it is not always a must for you to have a score of “Excellence” in your first attempt. With consistency and proper training, you will soon get there.

Irrespective of the workout you want to engage in or the treadmill you choose to use, it is imperative to warm up correctly, and once you are done with the workout out. Failing to warm up appropriately may make you susceptible to injuries and this is the thing you don’t want when you are preparing for a military test.

After you complete the workout, you will read your points from the console and then compare them with the respective Military Test Standards. This will show you how well you are faring on and the amount of effort you need to put so that you hit your target score. Always note down your daily scores so that you can monitor your progress over time.

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