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    Default Walk Test Change Rumors

    So I have heard some rumors that the walk test is going:

    A) Not considered as an exemption, so if you test all components with the walk test and get 90+ you are good for a year, and...

    B) Heart rate is gone and it goes to being timed, like the run.

    Anyone hear similar or know where I can find out the validity of this?

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    Default Re: Walk Test Change Rumors

    Its social media/forums/email that make it seem that way Tak. Everyone wants it now now now.

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    I'd love to see the heart rate gone. It's qualitative. I prefer quantitative tests, those I can control. Heart rate - not so much
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    Default Re: Walk Test Change Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by technomage1 View Post
    I'd love to see the heart rate gone. It's qualitative. I prefer quantitative tests, those I can control. Heart rate - not so much
    The heart rate is a better indicator to track if you are concerned about your health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    The heart rate is a better indicator to track if you are concerned about your health.
    I don't know.. There are a lot of factors here. I can finish the walk in 13 minutes flat. But as soon as I put on the heart rate monitor my heart rate shoots up before I even start. Last time it was 156 before I ever started walking. Same thing used to happen with the bike test. I have a friend who does the walk test and is bright red, sweating, and out of breath after the walk test and does it in 14 minutes...but can pass because her heart rate doesn't shoot up like mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GodFather View Post
    What does heart rate have to do with it? Is this new or when did that start?
    It is all in the formula...age, weight, time, and heart rate. The older you are the quicker you have to be and the lower your heart rate has to be.
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    This may be true, but it is not done for the run test. So long as you cross the finish line your good. I for one feel that they should get rid of the heart rate monitor for the walk test. People are already nervous as it is about failing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodFather View Post
    Wtf? What happened to the simple 3 mile walk?
    That went away ahile ago. Now it is a 1 mile walk. There is a crazy formula to figure out your score. I have the app on my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaken1976 View Post
    I don't know.. There are a lot of factors here. I can finish the walk in 13 minutes flat. But as soon as I put on the heart rate monitor my heart rate shoots up before I even start. Last time it was 156 before I ever started walking. Same thing used to happen with the bike test. I have a friend who does the walk test and is bright red, sweating, and out of breath after the walk test and does it in 14 minutes...but can pass because her heart rate doesn't shoot up like mine.
    Forget about passing the test for a moment... Understanding what your normal resting heart rate is and how it responds to a workload is a very good indicator of cardio vascular health.

    I know this sounds a little preachy but you should be concerned with the health of your heart regardless of the Air Force and any PT test.

    Buy a heart monitor or sign one out from the HAWC and try wearing it for a couple of weeks when you are doing your PT routine. Also take your resting heart over the course of a couple of weeks to get an idea what the average is.

    That should give you a better idea what is going on.

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    156 before you started walking is way too high!
    Last edited by Absinthe Anecdote; 07-30-2013 at 01:19 PM.

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    You all seriously have a walking "physical fitness test"?
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