Last Minute Physical Readiness Test Preparation

Laziness is a particular burden that can affect anyone, even military members. However, for sailors in the United States Navy, becoming lazy carries the negative side-effect of procrastinating on their Physical Readiness Test (PRT) preparations. While it’s true that many sailors hate the PRT, and that it isn’t particularly hard to pass or prepare for they still don’t enjoy it as an aspect of their careers. The ten-week notice that comes with the PRT has passed and with it comes severe changes for those lazy lifestyles. Seventy days of crash diets, exercise, and all manners of tricks to reduce a waistline for sailors who are severely unprepared for a test in which they have to do a minimum of 42 pushups, around 50 sit-ups, and run a mile and a half within a timeframe of around 12 minutes (for males). As sailors become older, these standards relax and become lower, yet it truly never becomes easier for a variety of reasons…

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos (Released))

If I am, to be honest, being lazy is easy and especially in a stressful environment like the ship. It’s easy to skip working out in order to eat or even enjoy some rare leisure time with hobbies. But, all sailors know that twice a year they will have their physical readiness examined by the ill loved PRT. Preparing for the PRT is simple if they’re just trying to pass as the minimum scores are outlined in the instruction and can be performed in just 16 minutes every day. Unfortunately the PRT and pass workout does not provide the daily recommended exercise time and in fact would just barely do so if done religiously every day of the week. People are still too lazy to do so, and unlike the rest of the more fitness oriented sailors, their training regime consists of exercising desperately at any point after the start of PRT season.

While it’s no longer obligatory to give sailors the ten-week heads up, it’s still an unwritten custom observed by many commands. The leadership understands not everyone has the same fitness goals or orientation; as such they give them the courtesy of warning them about it. However, this is still not enough for some people, and as the weeks continues and the time gets ever closer, the gyms in the ships and bases start becoming unusually crowded. The sailors who do visit the gym with religious fervor will be the first to notice that they’re no longer able to get the amount of exercise they normally do as the machines and benches are all taken. But, this can be troublesome to all parties involved due to multiple reasons.

First of all, the risk of injuries increases after not working out for a set period. The longer people wait to start going to the gym before the exam means the higher the risk of injury. The other aspect to consider is that physical injury can include heart attacks and other internal injuries which can be fatal. A third aspect to think about is the fact that by simply training to do the minimum; the members themselves are not doing any favors to their body or lifestyles. These risky habits are the opposite of the intentions behind The Navy’s PRT.

It’s important to maintain healthy living standards regardless of what branch members are serving. Not only do the healthy habits alleviate on the medical disabilities after retirement, but also ensure a long healthy life. Ultimately though, it’s the responsibility of the individuals serving our country to maintain their fitness levels to an appropriate standard. But, it’s just one of those flaws that can’t be fixed without the proper incentives.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Emmanuel "Dash the Bomber" Barbosa

Emmanuel Barbosa, AKA Dash The Bomber, is currently serving in the 7th fleet, and has over 8 years of experience in the military. A writer with a penchant for the humorous and informative, he loves to share his stories with those who would be willing to listen. Having served in deployments that have taken him around the world, Dash has seen and heard about many things that would be hard to believe. A loving father and a faithful husband, he is dedicated to protecting his family and country. For fun he enjoys cosplaying, videogames, and writing for online magazines.

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