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Physical Fitness

Sailing can be physically demanding or you can spend most of the time in a bunk.
How hard do you work to maintain your fitness.
For example could you pass the physical fitness test for the Marines.
Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test Chart - Males
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Re: Physical Fitness

Judging by the minimal response to this thread:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/off-to...do-you-do.html

I'm pretty sure few of us could pass that test!!
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Re: Physical Fitness

We run about 15 miles a week and work out 3 times to Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper. But, I don't find sailing that demanding most of the time.
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I have to say that is a very arbitrary gauge of physical fitness. Amazing they have not updated it.
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Re: Physical Fitness

The one mile run rules me out right away.

At 42, I am not in the same strength realm as an 18yo.. but my job does keep me fit. It is a hard and rather physical job that combined with the weekly miles I put on my bicycle and my dislike of elevators, keeps me in decent shape.

at almost 6 foot tall, I only weigh 170 and have a blood pressure of 112/55. I must be doing something right. Now if only exercise would bring back my hair...
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Re: Physical Fitness

I raced bicycles for 15 years. Not in shape like that now. I could still probably ride circles around most Wisconsin cheeseheads. However, sailing demands other kinds of fitness: Some efforts require near maximal upper body efforts, and at times having agility has an impact on safety.

I plan on staying fit, to stay safe.
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I have to say that is a very arbitrary gauge of physical fitness. Amazing they have not updated it.
What has changed since they set those standards, and what sort of updates would you recommend?
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I think V02 Max is the gold standard for evaluating physical fitness currently. Resting heart rate and post exercise heart rate drop are also good. Of the Marine tests I can see the timed running test, but counting pull ups and crunches seem kind of silly.
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I think V02 Max is the gold standard for evaluating physical fitness currently. Resting heart rate and post exercise heart rate drop are also good. Of the Marine tests I can see the timed running test, but counting pull ups and crunches seem kind of silly.
Sounds like a good test...if the Marines are going into battle against a bunch of aerobics instructors. Does the VO2 measure upper body strength?

I do enjoy the mental image of a battalion of Marines lining up on treadmills with that contraption strapped to their face, however.
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Please provide us with a bit of personal background, that we might have a better understanding of why you think standardized measures of muscle strength and endurance of people who fight wars is "silly" and that overall cardio fitness is all that need be measured?

And with this understanding be better able to assign credence or lack thereof to your comment.
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