Fitness YouTuber and former two-time Olympic track and field athlete Nick Symmonds recently put himself through a number of military-inspired challenges on his channel, including taking the Navy SEAL fitness test and going head-to-head with an Army infantryman. army in a fitness contest. In his latest video, Symmonds attempts to complete both fitness screening tests that service members of the United States Marine Corps must take each year.
Also participating are a number of active Marines, whose performance Symmonds will try to match or beat, including Corporal Kubinski, Lance Corporal Robles, Corporal Dofelice, Lance Corporal Anderson, Lance Corporal Chambliss and Staff Sgt. Madrigal staff.
They start with the US Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT), which consists of maximum pull-ups, a plank (which is officially replacing crunches in the PFT as a more realistic indicator of strength base) and a 3 mile test. Course.
Symmonds completes the 21 pull-ups needed for a perfect score in round one, and then it’s plank time. “Truly one of my least favorite exercises,” he says. “And we have to go 3 minutes and 45 seconds to get a perfect score on this one.” Unfortunately, Symmonds hit the check at 2:25, short of the perfect 100. “I just got my ass kicked,” he says. “Kids, don’t skip the basic day.”
In order to still earn a passing grade, Symmonds must now complete the 3-mile race in 18 minutes. “I’ve run over 300,000 miles in my life,” he says. “The 3 miles never gets easy. It’s always a fight, it’s always grueling, and that’s where you have to dig deep.”
He eventually succeeded, reaching the finish line in 5:50 p.m. But the challenge is not over: the next stage is the combat aptitude test, consisting of three tests: contact movement (a total run of 800 meters in standard boots), ammunition can be lifted and maneuver under fire.
Symmonds and Kubinski notch perfect scores on the 800 meter race with times under 2:50. In the ammo box, a variation of the overhead press, Symmonds must lift a 30-pound box as many times as possible in 2 minutes, with over 100 reps needed for a perfect score. He manages 98 in the allotted time, while Kubinski produces 131.
The final part of the test is the maneuver under the fire obstacle course, at which point Symmonds is more of a spectator than anything else. “I’ll do my best to hang on, but after five hardships my legs are frozen,” he said.
“It’s combat fitness, combat readiness,” Symmonds concludes. “I have trained with some of the most successful athletes in the world, and I can say unequivocally that the Marines I have worked with today are some of the best.”
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