Top 10 Steps to Excel on your next Navy PRT
Wear Good Running Shoes: Basket ball shoes, VANS, or the old set of New Balances'
you got eight years ago at boot camp are poor choice. Not only are they going to add time
to your run, but prolonged use will also cause damage to your knees and back.
Get a Good Night Sleep: Just as a good night sleep will help your performance before
an academic test, it will help your performance while taking the physical PT test.
Take Responsibility for your Warm-up: The pre test warm-up routine your command
does is probably not enough. Do a light run, stretch and knock out 20-25 sit-ups and
pushups before the test.
Bring a Towel or Pad: Doing sit-ups on the concrete or wet grass is miserable. Bringing
a towel or pad will keep you dry comfortable and ready to excel.
Bring Water: While your command SHOULD be bringing water for everyone, they may
run out or forget. Bring your own, as you'll need it after the run.
Hit the Head Before the Test: There is no need to explain this in detail; running or
doing sit-ups when you need to go is miserable.
Work with a Buddy: Having a buddy to encourage you will help push out more sit-ups,
pushups and have a faster run time.
Know the Standards: Knowing the minimum requirements may prevent you from failing
by missing one or two sit-ups. It will also keep you from over exerting yourself right before
Take a pre-PRT: A few weeks prior to the real test take a pre-PRT with your buddy. It will
let you know if there are any areas to work on and increase your confidence for the real
Stay off the Supplements or Energy Drinks: If red bulls or energy drinks are not part
of your normal routine, don't start on the day of your test. Your body is not accustom to
the sugar/caffeine shock; it will probably make you sick and reduce performance.
10 Steps to excel on your next PRT