Home Workout

I feel like a slug after being away all weekend and not working out since last Thursday. I’ve been reading this book about West Point, the U.S. Military Academy (Tom recommended it), and naturally I’m intrigued by their physical training and the basic test they use to evaluate the cadets’ condition. They have to run 2 miles as fast as possible, do their maximum sit-ups in 2 minutes (with someone holding their feet down), and do their maximum push-ups in 2 minutes to pass.
This site calculates a person’s required scores based on age and gender. For me, a 40-year-old female, a 100 percent score comprises 40 push-ups, 76 sit-ups, and 17 minutes for the run. My minimum acceptable score would be 13 push-ups, 38 sit-ups, and 22:42 on the run.
For a 20-year-old male cadet, 100 percent score requires 71 push-ups, 78 sit-ups, and 13 minutes on the run; minimum passing score is 42 push-ups, 53 sit-ups, and 15:54 on the run.
I know I couldn’t do well at the run right now, because I virtually never run. My idea of a running workout is to jog up a half-mile hill in the neighborhood, from Lake Washington Blvd. up to 29th Avenue. So I didn’t try the run today. I’ll take my little timer out to the high school track this weekend and try it.
In the meantime, my score today on the push-ups and sit-ups (drumroll): 43 push-ups; 60 sit-ups.
I also did some body-weight squats, 8 rounds of 20-second intervals with 10-second rests; 3 minutes upward-facing plank (shoulders on sofa, heels on footstool, rigid body in between)—had to rest at 1:21 and at :30 on that painful one; and 4 sets of 10 overhead squats with a broomstick, practicing for flexibility.