U.S. Marines who haven't taken their physical fitness test yet this season will be able to skip it, the service's top general announced Tuesday.
Commandant Gen. David Berger told Marines via tweet that the physical fitness test calendar period, which runs through June 30, is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing ‘Our fitness to fight remains a priority, and I expect each of us to continue to maintain our fighting condition.’
Marines must complete three events on their PFT, and at least one makes it difficult to maintain social distancing. While pull-ups or push-ups and the run or rowing portions of the test can be completed individually, Marines hold one another's legs down for the abdominal crunch section.
Assessment designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness.
An exercise designed to train the abdominal muscles.
Abdominal crunch allows both building six-pack abs and tightening the belly.