Posted on Dec 28, 2013
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When PRT went Army wide, one of the first things the instructor said was PRT limits running to 2 miles and low impact. Sounds good right? Well the reality is that a lot of Soldiers are failing their PT test, and these are Soldiers who conduct PRT daily and to the standard. So my main question is, would we be better off going back to "old school" PT or continue with PRT?
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SGM Matthew Quick
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If done properly, PRT has three main benefits:<br><br>- Reduces injuries - Building muscles in areas not normally used allows for muscle recovery<br>- Combat efficiency - Correlates to actions used in combat and relates to warrior tasks and battle drills<div>- Instill discipline - Gets Soldiers used to taking command from leaders. &nbsp;Soldiers must be disciplined to survive in combat<br><br><span style="color: rgb(7, 7, 7); font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">The program's goal is to develop Soldiers who are physically capable and ready to perform their duty assignments or combat roles. Once the program is in place, Soldiers and leaders will see its benefits.<br></span><br><span style="color: rgb(7, 7, 7); font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">APRT doesn't train for the current APFT (the Army is working a few new options), but it works a Soldier's core and upper and lower body. It also works the cardiovascular system.</span><br></div>
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The same soldiers in my unit that complain about PRT are the ones that find a way to complain about everything. I didn't see the benefits until I went to WLC and we were all taught by the SLC's how to properly teach and perform the exercises. If you are able to perform Warm ups drills&nbsp;and 15 repetitions in each exercise&nbsp; of CD 1 &amp; 2 it will make your soldiers sweat.
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I won't deny SGT McGlynn that when done properly  PRT will make a soldier work up a sweat.

I would complete the Warm up drills, 4 for the Core, and CD 1, 2, 3 in one session 20 reps each and 1min each for the Core and be drenched in sweat.

I just believe PRT needs to be supplemented to minimize plateaus and continue to improve overall fitness.

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I didn't look at any of your guses background, but i know for me and my peers as 11B's PRT is the most ridiculous stuff i have ever seen. I have never seen PT scores like that. And it might be, because i spend most my time in reconnaissance platoons. Rather do i want to think its PRT though and the fact that soldiers are not getting smoked any more, hands down. I dont think its only PRT, but more how the army became in general.
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SPC Christopher Seitler
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I was always told that PT (and in this case PRT, as I am not familiar with it), is only a basic platform. To be a well-rounded soldier, you must take the initiative to go jogging/running on your own to build the endurance (or whatever area you need improved).

Morning pt is not the end-all. Do some on your own time, and you will start seeing rapid growth in ability, and then you will make the rest of your company look like chumps during morning pt.... It was a fun thing to do when I was one of the people struggling with certain areas when I transferred in from the reserves, lol.
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It's pretty good if implemented by leadership that is knowledgeable and perform it to standard, in ever increasing PT plans spelled out in the book. The problem is no ones read it and no one does it right...
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SSG James Flynn
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SSG Hasbun you cannot speak for all units by saying noone reads the book or does it right. When I got to my current unit, they make NCOs go through a week long program from a master fitness trainer on doing PRT correctly and by the book. After the program, the master fitness trainer will walk around different units to ensure they are conducting PRT to standards. Please speak for yourself and not all of the Army. Tried to down vote your statement but didn't have enough "influence points".
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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I'll rephrase. Over the last several years, I have been traveling from state to state accrediting and assessing units and training institutions. Out of the 137 units I have assesssed or accredited, none have utilized the PRT program as intended. Better?

 

Bear in mind, anything we say is automatically from our own perspectives and experiences, it goes without saying that I am speaking for myself. Also, this thread is months old, MFT didn't exist then..

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CPT Mike M.
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At the end of the day, I've seldom been in places where just PT was enough to show significant improvements to APFT scores.&nbsp; I've almost always seen it as a means to maintain one's current level of physical fitness but to improve and truly excell you have to do some additional work on your own on your own time.
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