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imported_StandardsAMust
10-20-2013, 08:57 PM
Okay...I know I have ranted on this forum about the walk test and how silly it is, but let me tell you this...this new version is going to be tough to pass.

I think I am in excellent shape, after all, the Air Force says I am. I have never scored less than an excellent on any of my test going back to my first one in 2004. I have also never tested with an exempted component...so I have ran every test and completed the pushups and situps every time. I have a few 100's in my records, but as I have grown older, my scores have begun to settle in the low 90's. I run the 1.5 mile distance on average at 11 mins.

I got bored today and thought why not go for a walk. While walking, I got to thinking about how long it would take to walk 2 kilometers, the distance for this new test. So, I walked over to the track, got out my iphone and began timing my walk. According to the AFI, I must walk 5 laps to complete the distance requirement of the walk test. I thought to myself, this will be easy.

So I set out to walk at a pace that I considered to be a "purposeful" walking pace. Not brisk, not relaxed, somewhere in between...sort of a comfortable hurried pace. Here's how I fared.

Lap 1: 4min 28sec
Lap 2: 4:26
Lap 3: 4:24
Lap 4: 4:17
Lap 5: 4:16

Total Time: 21:53

According to the walk test chart, I should have finished this in 16:18. I wasn't even close.

So I thought, let me walk at one of those weird looking walk paces where you shuffle your arms back and forth and move at a very brisk pace...Here's how that went:

Lap 1: 3:34
Lap 2: 3:31

By this lap, I felt my heart rate increasing and I began to feel very uncomfortable...I was at a pace were I wanted to start jogging because walking at this speed didn't feel right. If I kept walking at this rate, I estimate I would have finished at somewhere around 17 mins...which is still a fail.

Okay Air Force Leadership...you win this one. This test is legit. Good luck to all you walkers out there.

BOSS302
10-20-2013, 10:19 PM
Okay...I know I have ranted on this forum about the walk test and how silly it is, but let me tell you this...this new version is going to be tough to pass.

Words, blah blah....

Okay Air Force Leadership...you win this one. This test is legit. Good luck to all you walkers out there.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP6v4T3VT7I

efmbman
10-20-2013, 11:19 PM
I think I am in excellent shape, after all, the Air Force says I am.

I smiled when I read that.

Chief_KO
10-21-2013, 02:47 AM
Does the AFI say you have to "walk" on 2 legs or 4?

I did my walk tests on three legs...

Seriously, for those that will be taking the walk test, you do have to train for the walk test. One of the keys is how to swing your arms...use the "rock-em sock-em robots" technique. It makes a big difference

LogDog
10-21-2013, 02:58 AM
I usually did the walk test when I was in because I wasn't into running but I always walked briskly. I used to tell people it was harder to do the walk than the run and I still hold to that. Even today, at age 63, I still take 3 - 4 mile brisk walks and can easily do 16-minute miles.

sandsjames
10-21-2013, 12:53 PM
Okay...I know I have ranted on this forum about the walk test and how silly it is, but let me tell you this...this new version is going to be tough to pass.

I think I am in excellent shape, after all, the Air Force says I am. I have never scored less than an excellent on any of my test going back to my first one in 2004. I have also never tested with an exempted component...so I have ran every test and completed the pushups and situps every time. I have a few 100's in my records, but as I have grown older, my scores have begun to settle in the low 90's. I run the 1.5 mile distance on average at 11 mins.

I got bored today and thought why not go for a walk. While walking, I got to thinking about how long it would take to walk 2 kilometers, the distance for this new test. So, I walked over to the track, got out my iphone and began timing my walk. According to the AFI, I must walk 5 laps to complete the distance requirement of the walk test. I thought to myself, this will be easy.

So I set out to walk at a pace that I considered to be a "purposeful" walking pace. Not brisk, not relaxed, somewhere in between...sort of a comfortable hurried pace. Here's how I fared.

Lap 1: 4min 28sec
Lap 2: 4:26
Lap 3: 4:24
Lap 4: 4:17
Lap 5: 4:16

Total Time: 21:53

According to the walk test chart, I should have finished this in 16:18. I wasn't even close.

So I thought, let me walk at one of those weird looking walk paces where you shuffle your arms back and forth and move at a very brisk pace...Here's how that went:

Lap 1: 3:34
Lap 2: 3:31

By this lap, I felt my heart rate increasing and I began to feel very uncomfortable...I was at a pace were I wanted to start jogging because walking at this speed didn't feel right. If I kept walking at this rate, I estimate I would have finished at somewhere around 17 mins...which is still a fail.

Okay Air Force Leadership...you win this one. This test is legit. Good luck to all you walkers out there.

Glad it has your stamp of approval. It must be valid.

GuamKelly
11-03-2013, 04:23 AM
I did it the other day in 15:30, but have been power walking regularly (I'm 59, finishing last year in USAFR before HYT - these old knees don't want to run any more). Heart rate was 160+, so I'd have flunked on that if they were still checking it. This was as fast as I could do it -- don't take it lightly if you don't regularly power walk. Train for it like you would train to run.

GuamKelly
11-03-2013, 08:59 AM
Glad it has your stamp of approval. It must be valid.

I'm 59 years old, will age out of USAFR next year. I power walk several miles, several times a week. I did the 2K the other day in 15:29. That was working hard, boys and girls, heart rate at 160+. If you're going to do the walk, train for it, just as you would train to run.

Capt Alfredo
11-03-2013, 03:57 PM
I'm 59 years old, will age out of USAFR next year. I power walk several miles, several times a week. I did the 2K the other day in 15:29. That was working hard, boys and girls, heart rate at 160+. If you're going to do the walk, train for it, just as you would train to run.

160+ heart rate? Don't die, man. It's not worth it.

GuamKelly
11-04-2013, 06:44 AM
No worries. I can do that for a little while at a time. Say, 15 and a 1/2 minutes. Can't say I'll be sad about taking my LAST PT Test in March, though.

wxjumper
01-30-2014, 05:21 AM
I think I am in excellent shape, after all, the Air Force says I am.

No, all the airforce says is that you look like Kate Moss in a uniform. The AF fitness test has nothing to do with actual fitness.

sandsjames
01-30-2014, 10:32 AM
160+ heart rate? Don't die, man. It's not worth it.

I know this is an old post but since the thread got bumped I might as well comment.

160 doesn't seem too bad (though I guess age could be an issue). When running with a heart monitor during PT, my heart rate was regularly over 200. I asked the doctor about it, as it seemed very high to me. He said that it shouldn't be an issue. Even when I was in the best shape I'd ever been in for PT purposes (scoring an 89 with a run time of 11:47) the rate was still the same. My resting is normally well over 90.

Anyway, doctor basically said that there is no standard, even though the charts show max heart rate and all that stuff.