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PFT Pull-Up Test

This test forms part of the US Marine Physical Fitness Test (PFT), performed by US Marine personnel every six months. The pull-up test is only performed by the male Marines. Females perform the flexed-arm hang test.

purpose: This test measures upper body strength and endurance.

equipment required: Horizontal overhead bar, at an adequate height so that the participants can hang from it with arms fully extended and feet not touching the floor (see pull-up bars).

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender and test conditions. Measure and record the height of the bar. Perform a standard warm-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.

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procedure: The pull-ups are performed starting from a dead hang (arms fully extended and locked), body motionless, feet off the floor. The grip can be either with both palms facing forward or to the rear, though with both facing in the same direction. From this starting position, a pull-up is performed without excessive body motion, and the body is lifted until the chin has cleared the top of the bar. The body is then lowered until his arms are fully extended or locked out. One complete pull-up is counted when the Marine's arms are locked out. This procedure is repeated until the Marine has reached the maximum 20 complete pull-ups, or can no longer complete a pull-up.

scoring: The maximum number of correctly performed pull ups is recorded. Five points for every pull-up is awarded, and at least three are required to pass the test. See these pull-up test norms.


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