Assessment Helps Prepare for PT Test

GOODFELLOW AFB,Texas -- Failing a physical training test can impact your military career. Now that the Air Force is toughening up with a twice a year test, it is more important than ever to stay fit. If you're one of those who has trouble staying in shape, there is help for you. The Mathis Fitness Center, has a physical assessment program, which can help you prepare for the PT test like never before. 

The process for the physical assessment is a simple one. First, make an appointment, with Mathis Fitness Center, and from there, the trainers do your assessment on what is called a Micro-fit machine, which measures your height, weight, body fat percentage, bicep strength, flexibility, lung capacity, and blood pressure. The machine provides a reading and gives you a score based on your total fitness. 

"The fitness assessment was started because most people want an easy way to create a workout plan; the Micro-fit machine we use is the best way to do that." said Natalie Weens, who works at the fitness center. "A lot of people that come in are worried about passing their PT test, but even students from the fire academy and other groups, who are physically fit, come in to get assessed. Some groups use the assessment as a tool to see how their members are doing and how they could improve their workout." 

Employees at the Mathis Fitness Center offer the service throughout the year. Usually, only four to six people a week come in to do the assessment, so getting an appointment when your schedule is tight will not be a problem. 

Although no official statistics are available to show exactly how well the assessment works, the trainers at the fitness center see results everyday and know that it helps people improve their physical condition. It gives people a baseline level for their fitness, helps coordinate between them and the trainers to make the best possible workout plan, and then shows how well the plan is working with further appointments. 

The assessment isn't just for active duty members. "Many who take the assessment use it to find out where they stand when it comes to passing or failing the PT test," said Natalie Weens, "but the assessment is available for anyone with access to the base. Mothers that have recently given birth get assessed to get back into shape, as well as dependents and retirees that have put on weight since leaving the military." 

Anyone wanting to be stronger and healthier may take the physical assessment; it isn't linked to the PT test in any way but is a helpful supplement to those preparing for the rigorous PT testing ordeal. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Mathis Fitness Center at 654-3242.