In the latest video on his YouTube channel, Navy veteran and fitness influencer Austen Alexander invites performance coach Samantha Neyland and 2019 Miss Hawaii USA to take the US Navy fitness test. The PRT has recently been reorganized and Ashley Sepulveda of the Navy joins Alexander and Neyland to act as overseer during the challenge.
“My goal today is just to finish the whole test and finish with a good attitude,” said Neyland.
The first PRT event is 2 minutes push-ups. Exhibiting proper technique is important here: Full arm extension is required at the upper end of the repetition, with the elbows bending to a 90 degree angle at the lower end. After just 1 minute and 25 reps, however, Sepulveda must end the test as Neyland lets his knees contact the ground for a fraction of a second.
Next, Neyland has to hold a forearm plank for as long as she can. The plank is a newly introduced part of the test, having replaced the sit-up part. Neyland lasts 1 minute 48 seconds before her form collapses and she crumbles to the ground.
The third and final component of the PRT is a 1.5 mile race, consisting of 6 total laps around the track, which Neyland manages to complete in 13:48, showing exemplary sprinting form towards the end, even beating Alexander up to the finish line.
“Since they changed the Navy PRT, especially since I came out in November, I don’t know the standards,” says Alexander. “I expect she might have done good to averages in the push-ups, maybe the board is okay or maybe good bass, and in the run I think she did good averages or good bass. “
Sepulveda calculates that Neyland obtained an overall score of “good low”, which counts as a pass for a female military member of her age group. “Dude, this is harder than you think,” said Neyland after completing the entire test. “It’s definitely harder than you think. Everything Austen tells you is easy, don’t worry, it’s okay, run away!”
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