There are certain things everyone associates with the Marines: camouflage, crewcuts, and fitness that makes even CrossFit fans a little bashful. So how do the Marines measure fitness, exactly — and how do you stack up?
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The Marines use a three-part fitness test to determine soldiers’ fitness for duty. “Fitness is essential to the day-to-day effectiveness and combat readiness of the Marine Corps,” their handbook explains. The stakes, in other words, are high. And yet the test is made up of simple arm, core, and cardio workouts you probably encountered in high school gym class. The real trick is keeping your form military-perfect while you work through the test, which consists of the following: