Friday, January 4, 2019


This is coolbert:

With regard to the new Army Combat Fitness Test [ACFT] and in particular the deadlift:

"Army Combat Fitness Test set to become new PT test of record in late 2020"

"Strength deadlift: With a proposed weight range of 120 to 420 pounds, the deadlift event is similar to the one found in the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, which is given to new recruits to assess lower-body strength before they are placed into a best-fit career field. The ACFT will require Soldiers to perform a three-repetition maximum deadlift (only one in OPAT) and the weights will be increased. The event replicates picking up ammunition boxes, a wounded battle buddy, supplies or other heavy equipment."

See this You Tube video the event strength deadlift as done in the ideal manner with regard to form.

Now for the rest of the story. According to the Internet web site of Shelly and as extracted from an article the topic of which is the deadlift as a measure of strength, the assertion that this event all poppycock!!

"poppycock - - empty talk or writing : nonsense"

"Deadlifting is a pseudo-scientific measure of strength. It is mean to select people in artificial competitions using weights arranged or “constructed” in unnatural configurations of two heavy parts connected by a specific type and diameter of bar that you’d rarely find in the real world. People who really succeed in physical jobs in real life need to be able to deal with weights in all shapes, with handholds of varying types — or no handholds — and with surface textures and slipperinesses of various values. --"

Deadweight lift as an event of the new ACFT an invalid way of measuring strength? In lieu of a better way of "measuring strength" go with the deadlift?

Devoted readers to the blog can suggest some other way lower-body strength can be measured?


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