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You Could Earn A Patch!

The President has thrown down the gauntlet.  He’s frontin’.  He’s gettin’ physical.  He has challenged students in gym classes everywhere to do sit ups, a shuttle run, v sit & reach, a mile run, and several pull-ups.  So, the President does not front the way an original gangsta does, but a physical challenge has still been issued.

In order to qualify in the top 85%, and earn the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, a 12 year old boy must perform the following:

I certainly remember doing the PPFC.  I cannot recall if I earned the Presidential or National award, but that is why my mom has maintained a box of all my awards, report cards, and hopes & dreams.  What I do know is that I recently went on a mile run and it took me 8 minutes, so as a 26 year-old, I did not qualify for the top.  Do you remember doing the PPFC?  Did you qualify for either the Presidential or National award?  Do you think you would still qualify for it?

If you are feeling ambitious, you can take the U.S. Marine Corp physical fitness test – which is not really all that ambitious if you are a Marine (thanks by the way).  The USMC PFT awards points for pull ups, crunches, and a 3 mile run.  At a minimum, Marines must score 135 points to pass.  If you wanted to earn 45 points in each event to minimally pass you would need to do:

  • 9 pull ups
  • 50 crunches in 2 minutes
  • Run 3 miles in 27 min 10 sec

A perfect score on the USMC PFT is 300 points.  It is earned by performing:

  • 20 pull ups
  • 100 crunches
  • Run 3 miles in 18 min

A Marine recruiter stated Drew Carey routinely performed perfect physical fitness tests.  This motivates me more to get back to running 6 minute miles.

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