Now we got to put a time limit during each event. It could be 3 minutes, 5 minutes, or even 15 minutes per event. I wouldnt want to feel like I am in a iron man competition. [/color]
- The first event, one mile loaded and an incline, is timed. No minimum score but there would be an incentive to go as fast as possible.
- The pull-ups, dips and plank would not be timed. A participant could hang in as long as they want, but the event ends when they drop off the bars or fall out of the plank. Pull-ups and dips would be scored with max reps and the plank would be timed.
- The 5 yd. dot drills would be done in four sets of 60 sec. each.
- I do not advocate a specific recovery period or time limit on the test as a whole. I will explain why below.
[color="#ff0000"]What would would be the minimum percentage to pass and what would be the maximum percentage for each event, how many repetitions would you need to do to pass? [/color]
I have scaled it to have no minimum score, only a maximum score of 100 pts.
- The max treadmill score is 20.
- The max pull-up score is 12.
- The max dip score is 12.
- The max plank score is 12.
- The max 5 yd. dot drill score is 11 per round for 4 rounds for a maximum of 44.
Again let me explain my reasoning at the end/
[color="#ff0000"]Set a standard for age groups, say between 18-21 , 22-28, and so on. We have to understand we all have different body types too. This probably wont fly for everyone, just those who want to set a standard for themselves.
I have never bought into using a grading curve that caters to age or gender. The work load is the same no matter who you are, so the evaluation should be as well. Again, it is only a tool for measurement so who cares how you measure up to others? It is about knowing yourself and fixing what you can. The reason I think there should be a maximum score is because I agree that we all have a wide variety of physical abilities. Those who can sore a 100 are most likely at a more elite level of fitness and should move on to other, more demanding fitness evaluations. Not that they should not occasionally come back and take the assessment, but that their efforts may be better spent elsewhere.
Now finally on the issue of time. Here is where I feel the concession to the older or less athletic participant should be made. There is a reason that the fire service CPAT of the Army APFT are timed. Because it is not enough to be able to do the work, you must be able to do it quickly in order to save lives. Hunting is not like that. Yes, it can be strenuous at times, but it is also a leisure activity. Who really cares if you need 10 minutes of rest between walking to your stand and actually climbing it, as long as you have the endurance to get there and the strength to climb? Just leave early if you need to. Another example would be dragging a deer. You may drag your deer 30 feet and rest 30 sec., while I may drag my deer 30 feet and rest 2 min. It's going to take me longer but to get out of the woods but I'm being aware of my body's limits and being safe. I think the requirement should be to take the evaluation in one session and strive to keep pressing forward as your body allows. I would also encourage participants to record their total time along with their score, simply as a reference.
These are my thoughts on it anyway. I don't really own this thing. It would be more effective if it was a popular test that was viewed as accurate my other hunters.
* One last note. This is not intended to be an adequate explanation of the events or the scoring. This is just a discussion. If you are anxious to try the evaluation, please be patient. I'll try to have it well spelled out and demonstrated on video soon.