This weekend, on a lark, I decided to do the US Marines Fitness Test, that marine corps’ regular physical challenge that all marines have to pass in order to stay in fighting shape. The test combines pull-ups, timed crunches and a 3 mile run. Basically a festival of pain.
Here’s how it went.
I find it to be a valuable experience to push yourself to your absolute limits of strength, endurance, and stamina every once in awhile. For each of these, I was fighting for every rep and every step at the end, which I haven’t done in about six months. It’s what I love about rock climbing — you often are at the limits of your strength and trying to push past them.
- Crunches are the worst
- Running fast over long distances is the worst
- I’m as fit as I’ve ever been
Overall, it was a neat challenge and I encourage you to give it a go, if you want to test your own limits.