Top 10 Steps to Excel on your next PFA
1) Wear Good Running Shoes:
Basket ball shoes, VANS, or the old set of New Balances' you got eight years ago at boot camp are poor choice. Not only are they going to add time to your run, but prolonged use will also cause damage to your knees and back.
2) Get a Good Night Sleep
Just as a good night sleep will help your performance before an academic test, it will help your performance while taking the physical PT test.
3) Take Responsibility for your Warm-up
The pre test warm-up routine your command does is probably not enough. Do a light run, stretch and knock out 20-25 sit-ups and pushups before the test.
4) Bring a Towel or Pad
Doing sit-ups on the concrete or wet grass is miserable. Bringing a towel or pad will keep you dry comfortable and ready to excel.
5) Bring Water
While your command SHOULD be bringing water for everyone, they may run out or forget. Bring your own, as you'll need it after the run.
6) Hit the Bathroom Before the Test
There is no need to explain this in detail; running or doing sit-ups when you need to go is miserable.
7) Work with a Buddy
Having a buddy to encourage you will help push out more sit-ups, pushups and have a faster run time.
8) Know the Standards
Knowing the minimum requirements may prevent you from failing by missing one or two sit-ups. It will also keep you from over exerting yourself right before the run.
9) Take a pre-APFT
A few weeks prior to the real test take a pre-APFT with your buddy. It will let you know if there are any areas to work on and increase your confidence for the real test.
10) Stay off the Supplements or Energy Drinks
If red bulls or energy drinks are not part of your normal routine, don't start on the day of your test. Your body is not accustom to the sugar/caffeine shock it will probably make you stick and reduce performance.