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Fitness & Physical Training

Challenge as a Key Trait of Cadet Life

Every activity should challenge cadets in one way or another...whether that challenge is overcoming physical limitations and barriers, academic as cadets master aerospace and leadership concepts, moral to live up to the Core Values, or a personal challenge to get to know yourself better and gain self-confidence. 

The CAP Cadet Program is intended for young adults—not children. By incorporating these challenges into our training program, cadets can succeed at growing into confident, capable young individuals as they continue to enhance their leadership abilities and responsibilities. 


Fitness as a Training Program Element

As one of CAP's essential training elements, fitness must be regularly incorporating into the training footprint. Units must include a minimum of 60 minutes of fitness programming per month in their cadet training curriculum. 

Fitness, as a subject area, does not only include physical activities and fitness testing, but also a number of other appropriate topics that promote an active, healthy lifestyle. Because of this, fitness includes, but is not limited to: 


The Cadet Physical Fitness Test (CPFT)

The CPFT is used to measure a cadet's personal health and physical wellbeing by assessing their fitness performance during a series of prescribed exercises, to include: 

  • A 1-mile run

  • Progressive jogging (PACER)

  • Cadenced curl-ups

  • Cadenced push-ups

  • Sit-and-reach flexibility measurement

CAP's implements the CPFT as an adapted version of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) often seen employed in grade schools. 

The CPFT must be implemented at least once per calendar quarter. Cadets must be current in their CPFT by having passed the test within the previous 180 days. 

Click here more information regarding the administration and testing standards of the Cadet Physical Fitness Test. 


Fitness Activities and Exercises

While there is no standardized approach to conducting fitness exercises, best practices include ensuring that physical conditioning targets cardiovascular endurance (the ability to for one's heart and lungs to continue to deliver oxygen to working muscles) and muscular endurance (the ability to continue to work without muscle fatigue). By applying cardio and muscular endurance to physical activities, cadets can develop their ability to overcome physically-demanding challenges that simulate real-world operational environments. This enforces the idea that leaders must be capable to perform what they ask their subordinates to accomplish. 

The unit implements this model by regularly conducting fitness training and friendly athletic games during monthly Physical Training (PT) meetings. 

Prior to any physical fitness activities, cadets are encouraged to practice warm-up stretches using the U.S. Army's Pocket Physical Training Guide (RPI-237), the unit standard for conducting warm-up exercises.

Click here for the condensed Pocket PT Guide for applicable stretches

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