Many runners call treadmills "awesome," but there's one known fact about this type of cardio equipment that no one can deny.
Professional treadmills have the technology to prepare you for athletic performance, without the need for a trainer by your side during every workout.
And anyone training for a military academy can take advantage of this feature.
While those looking to enter a military academy may already know this information, I want to point out that every military test also includes a running test, among other requirements.
To enter the army, you must be able to run at least 5 km without stopping, which is part of the army physical fitness test. No matter what army you join, you will need to know how to run: air force, army, and even the navy.
The International Association of Fire Fighters, USA, requires passing the Gerkin protocol test.
Gerkin's protocol is performed primarily on treadmills, as they have the functions and heart rate reading systems necessary to correctly predict the VO2 peak.
VO2 is the maximum amount of oxygen in milliliters you can use during heavy training, specifically in one minute per kilogram of body weight.
The treadmill calculates the VO2 value when you reach the target heart rate and stay in that zone for at least 15 seconds.
Many of you know about military testing requirements, but few know that there are better treadmills with pre-set military workouts included in their consoles.
These treadmills allow you to prepare yourself for the test you want to take. The most important detail is that, as soon as you finish training, you know your score in points, based on your age, gender and finish time.
It's simple, isn't it?
I had the opportunity to test these preset workouts on awesome treadmills. In this article, I want to talk about three treadmills that include military workouts and how they can help you prepare for your biggest test.
The first treadmill on my list is the Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Inspire 7''.
This model comes with 34 preset workouts, among which you will find Gerkin Protocol, Physical Efficiency Battery Test, Army Physical Fitness Test, Navy Physical Fitness Test, the Air Force Physical Fitness Test and the Marine Physical Fitness Test.
Another excellent treadmill is the Landice L9 (or L7) with the Executive Trainer Console.
This specific console includes the following running tests: Gerkin Fitness Test, Navy Test, Army Test, Marines Test, and Air Force Test (from the US). US Army)
The third model is the Precor 966i. It comes with 29 preset workouts, including Gerkin Fitness Test, Air Force Test, Navy Test, Army Test, Marines Test, and Navy Test. Federal Law Enforcement Physical Efficiency Battery.
What do these treadmills have in common so that you can perform military workouts as efficiently as possible?
On all models, you can insert your personal information (age and gender) before the test. This will allow the consoles to accurately calculate your points based on military standards.
On all treadmills, the incline is preset by the console and you cannot change it during the test. You only have control of the speed. And remember: The faster you finish, the better your score.
All cost over €5,000. The most expensive is the Life Fitness Club Premium model (€7,000) and, from a personal point of view, it is also the most amazing of all.
What's different about these treadmills?
On the Life Fitness treadmill and the Precor 966i model, you also have elevation options. For the Marines test, you can choose between 5,000 feet above or below sea level. For the Marines test, you can choose between 4,500 feet above or below sea level. from the sea. Each option has a different level of difficulty.
On the Life Fitness model, you will be prompted to enter your speed goal at the start of the test only. The other models allow you to control the speed throughout the workout.
The Landice model shows you a projected score on the console during exercise. This will motivate you to change the speed during training to reach your goal faster.
But remember that you don't need to get an "excellent" score on your first attempt. Proper training will get you there.
Precor workouts come with a three-minute warm-up period. The test begins when you reach your target heart rate or after three minutes of warming up.
No matter what treadmill you choose or what workout you do, make sure you warm up properly and end with a cool down session. If you don't, you risk injuring yourself.
Once you've finished your workout and the console shows you your score, compare your results to military test standards to see how well you've worked and how far off your target score is. Write down your daily results so you can track your progress.
As I mentioned above, these treadmills are expensive and not everyone can buy their own treadmill to train at home. The good news is that you can find these models in gyms as well.
Once you've found the right workout gear, all you have to do is stay motivated and be consistent until you get the passing scores you're aiming for. Good training.