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PT Test this coming Monday, can you give advice on what to eat and do till then(details)

Asked by LDRSHIP (1790points) August 29th, 2014

Background information to help. PT Test isn’t hard just endurance mainly.

2 minute push ups(75 reps max score)
2 minute sit ups (80 reps max score)
2 mile run (13:00 minutes or less to max)

I’ve maxed three events before….Once, which was my last PT Test and that was when I felt more prepared. Prior to that I scored a 277.

Just came from field for 2 weeks…No real time for PT, and no showers and all. This past week worked out. Mainly cardio to get back up to speed if you will, over did it a little bit mild foot pain on left foot. It is gone currently.

Feel good this morning kept it light and actually feel less sore now and no pains or aches.

My main concern is I want to max again, but I always struggle with the run. I don’t think I lost that much speed/endurance…I hope.

I have a kind of “ritual” before the PT test.

All that said have any advice,tips, info or anything that can help?

Figured at this point to just rest up till Monday or maybe I should continue to do light cardio or least hit sauna till then?

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jca's avatar

What is a PT test?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Physical Fitness Test. It’s a military thing.

The only advice I have is to properly hydrate yourself and eat well rounded meals. Mostly drink a little extra water. A couple of days just is not much time.

hearkat's avatar

In addition to ensuring that you are well hydrated and nourished, you might want to avoid simple carbohydrates (sugary and/or starchy foods) that can cause ‘crashes’ in energy.

I’d also recommend doing some good stretching and massage before bad to help relax the muscles and prevent cramping. Then do whatever you can to get good, deep relaxing sleep tonight, perhaps some deep breathing techniques as you drift off to expand your lungs and get the oxygen flowing.

I hope everything goes well!

JLeslie's avatar

Eat well to keep your energy up. Dark leafy greens supply iron (think Popeye) and iron supplies muscles with oxygen. Avoid very fatty foods that will likely make you sleepy. Don’t change your diet so much that you might get a surprise in how your digestive system reacts. Do a few practice runs over the next few days and see how you do.

I see @hearkat mentioned stretching before bed, I just want to empathasize don’t stretch cold, and the best time to stretch is immediately after exercise to lengthen muscles and avoid soreness. You might want to consider stretching while lying in bed when you wake in the morning when you are still warm under the covers. A jelly once told me he does that and thinks it helps him. I can’t stretch far, never could, and stretching cold I need to take extra care not to reach too far or I injure myself. Some people can touch their toes any time of the day, which I am very jealous of.

Also, for muscles I believe in healthy vitamin D levels, but you can’t really influence that a ton in a few days. If you are tan you already probably have a good level. You didn’t mention any muscle trouble so I assume cramps and strength are not a big concern and stamina is more of a concern.

Swimming can be a great way to build stamina if you want some variety.

Get plenty of sleep. No late nights and no drinking alcohol.

chewhorse's avatar

Just reading what all you can do inflamed my lumbago.. Sorry, I’m a couch potato and can’t help you at all,, I can tell you where you can get the best tasting chile/cheese/jalapeno fries this side of the Mississippi though if your interested☺(j.k.!)☺

LDRSHIP's avatar

Unfortunately, I only scored a 288 this time. Disappointing performance to say the least.

I will consider all the advice for the future though.

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