• The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test: What is Driving the Paradigm Shift
    This article discusses the Combat Fitness Test (CFT), which was developed to bring functional combat movements down to the individual Marine level, altering the way each unit conducts physical training.
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  • NSCA ClassicsThe U.S. Marine Corp (USMC) Combat Fitness Test

    Why You Should Read This Article    

    Over the course of the wars within Iraq and Afghanistan, collected data from veterans has demonstrated a shift in training needs for the modern U.S. Marine. 

    The data was used in a paper titled, “A Concept for Functional Fitness,” acknowledging that aerobic training should not be the primary physical goal of the modern Marine, but rather core strength, endurance, speed, and coordination. 

    Thus, the Combat Fitness Test (CFT) was developed to bring functional combat movements down to the individual Marine level, altering the way each unit conducts physical training.

    This article is recommended because it reveals the processes that the U.S. Marine Corps has gone through to evaluate what training its service members need to be most proficient in their military tasks. Through these processes, they have successfully implemented additional fitness standards to transform their fitness culture. 

    TSAC Report, Issue 9 (2009) 
    The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test: What is Driving the Paradigm Shift?  
    John White
     

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