You can take a break while you are being tested on push ups and sit ups but you must be in the proper position. The "up" position for pushups and situps. So try it with taking a quick break. I take two breaks on sit ups and i still can max them.
Um well I don't do them everything cause sometimes I will run out of time due to hockey or homework, usually I do them 5 nights a week. But I have heard that you should 4 nights, you should 7 nights, I guess its just in opinion.
first off, yes you could potentially overtrain if you worked out your muscles too hard too often.....but pushups and situps are pretty low intensity exercises. Now, don't take this the wrong way, but you should be doing pushups and situps daily, for more than 2 minutes. Find ways to work them in throughout the day.....do 2 minutes right after you wake up, when you come home from school, when you start your homework, before dinner, before bed, etc. Get into a routine and stick to it. Sure, you'll probably be real sore for the first week or so but your body will adjust and trust me, you'd rather be sore at home than show up with those scores and be sore at beast ( i know its a long way off, trust me, you should start now)
as far as improving your run, its too easy....you just have to run
don't just go out and run two miles at the same pace every day for the next year.....sure, you'll see results, but not very good ones. Confuse your body, run different distances, at different speeds, at different times of the day. Run in the cold and the rain and the sun and the snow. Half of running is mental toughness so take it as an opportunity to work on that too
hope this helps
All good suggestions. For the flatlanders, try to find hills to run. There is not a single flat place at West Point. Not even the Plain. Everything is uphill from wherever you are.
The recommendation for doing situps and pushups for two minutes is very good, since that's what you're going to be timed on. Make sure you do them correctly also or you will be hearing a lot of "one, one, one, one...".
doing pushups and sit ups every day to max out is not a good idea. The hardest part about pushups is gettting your form down just keeep practicing doing pushups. you should try the pyramid, do ten push ups pause then do nine pause alll the way down to one and then start from one and work your way back to ten. this helps me and my roomate used to do these alll the time eveynight before we went to bed.
If you look around the forums, you can find the average scores for each event. Also, failing the CFA probably wouldn't keep you from getting an appointment IF you are strong in all other aspects. If so, they will allow you to retake the test.
To clarify - if your scores are not satisfactory USMA admissions will ask you to retake the CFA. You do ultimately need to pass the test for admission.
Beyond that - doing well on the CFA and showing up for CBT are very important. Being in excellent physical condition will:
1) Enhance your Beast experience
2) Take pressure off passing the APFT in the summer and fall
3) Reduce the risk of injury during Beast
4) Increase your chance of completing Beast
While it is only December, for many people getting into good physical condition takes months, not weeks.
If you have a fitness center nearby, joining and perhaps a few sessions with a personal trainer would be appropriate.
I know a young lady who did just that last winter. She was of small build - less than 110 lbs and underwent a strenght training program for about 6 months prior to Beast. She did quite well because of it.
Some points of note for the CFA:
USMA does not publish the minimum standards for the CFA.
All candidates MUST pass the test to be physically qualified for admission.
For USMA this means that every CFA event must be passed.
Once the results of the CFA test have been submitted to USMA a candidate cannot resubmit new scores unless invited to do so by admissions.
For USMA it is not a straight pass/fail test, the results count 10% of your whole candidate score - it is worth training for the test and doing the best you can.
It is possible to pass the CFA for another academy but not pass it for USMA.
If you are concerned about your scores not being good enough to pass, it may be worth calling your MALO (or contacting your Regional Commander if you do not have a MALO) before submitting the scores to admissions - you can take the test as many times as you want to before submitting your scores.
"Could I possibly obtain a prep school slot if I don't get admitted?"
The prep school is usually offered to candidates who have great leadership/athletic potential but need additional academic instruction to be successful at West Point.
Just as Ann stated it is possible to pass the CFA for another academy but fail for USMA. But if you pass the CFA for USMA then it is most likely pass for other academies since USMA has "tougher physical standards". That's what we were told by son's ALO and BGO and they were right. Both USAFA and USNA used son's USMA SS CFA scores and my son's score wasn't off the chart or anything.