A soldier is considered to be the most important “weapons system” in an army, based on the fact that no equipment can replace a well-trained soldier. A high all-around fitness level lowers physical stress in critical-/ extreme situations, e.g. when working in hot climates at high intensities or when carrying heavy equipment. A high level of fitness and a well-trained body also increase the body’s ability to handle intense work loads and lower the risk of injuries. The aim of the Danish Armed Force’s Military Physical Training is to improve the overall physical fitness level of their soldiers in order to help them feel less strain during their operational tasks.
We look to military style tests, workouts and courses for the physical and mental exertion they require. The work given is designed to require a mental resilience to not quit – with no upper end rep requirement forcing you to push your limit. No defined finish line means you are not working toward a set end goal. The end comes when you can no longer attack.
The numbers given are generally the minimum work required. This should never be your goal – simply the bare minimum to be considered a pass. Most events will have a scoring scale but the mindset must always be to smash the minimum work numbers.
This is the core centric portion of the Danish Armed Forces Physical Fitness Test. We will be listing minimum works based off a medium level performance. Full scoring criteria’s as ever can be found online.
STATIC BACK HOLD
MIN: 135 secs
MAX: 165 secs
Chest down horizontally off any flat elevated surface.
Hips are 2 finger widths over the edge of your box, hold position is horizontal or above.
90° STATIC SIT-UP
MIN: 105 secs
MAX: 135 secs
Knees and hips at a 90° angle. Back straight and arms folded.
Essentially – mid sit up position held to failure.
SIDE BRIDGE – LEFT AND RIGHT
MIN: 90 secs
MAX: 120 secs
Hold a static side plank. Elbow directly below armpit.
Feet on top of each other.
BACK BRIDGE – LEFT AND RIGHT
MIN: 60 secs
MAX: 90 secs
With hips raised in a glute bridge position, one leg is raised in line with the torso.
Static hold is then completed on both legs.
WEIGHTED LUNGES – 20KG
MIN: 40 reps
MAX: 60 reps
Alternating lunges with load held on the shoulders.
Completed to 60 reps or to failure.