If you’re looking to test your fitness mettle, there’s no better way to do it than with a military fitness test. There’s a whole genre of videos showing otherwise fit folks getting wrecked by the gauntlet of physical challenges, YouTubers Buff Dudes giving a test a shot and getting totally savaged. One super challenging test via the U.S. Navy is the U.S. Navy’s Physical Readiness Test. Now, bodybuilder and MH Next Top Trainer host Steve Cook, has given it a shot.
The Navy’s PRT test consists of a 1.5 mile run to be completed as quickly as possible, along with 2-minute tests of situps and pushups, with scores calculated on how many reps a recruit or veteran sailor can successfully complete in the time frame. Final scores are based on all three events, and are scaled for a participant’s age and gender.
“This is my first ‘challenge’ video since I got COVID 6 weeks ago,” says Cook at the outset. “I felt pretty sick for the first 3 days, and I still can’t really taste or smell very well. But we’re back in the gym now.”
Cook also notes he hasn’t run at all since pre-COVID times, and that he probably trained less in 2020 than any other year.
“I’m not really in good shape,’ he says. “I want to do this like a stress test. I want to see if I’m really that out of shape.”
He warms up and gets to the 2 minutes of pushups and cranks out 73 reps, but with 40 seconds to go, he falls to his knees.
“That’s the least amount of pushups I’ve been able to do probably since I was in sixth grade… ugh 2020,” he says.
Next, he hits the 2 minutes of situps. And he’s able to do 61 reps.
“Whew, eye-opening. That’s what this is. Good to know…you don’t know where you’re at until you test yourself,” says Cook.
Next up is the 1.5 mile run, which he decides to do on a treadmill.
“I definitely am not thinking I will break 10 minutes on this. I’ll be happy to get 11,” says Cook.
He gets to it, and ends up clocking in at 11:19.
“You know what, for the next month that’s my goal. I’m training to get better at this,” he says. “I need a good training goal. I’ve never been this out of shape I think in a long, long time…I refuse to accept that.”
Cook’s goals were to get an under 10-minute 1.5 mile run, 100 pushups, and 100 situps. He technically passed the test by its standards—but not by his.
“I was not there today. I gotta get better…I will get better,” he says.
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