- The US Air Force is considering a new fitness test that will be largely run-oriented, using the VO 2 of a person along with their hip height to height ratio to achieve a fitness score. According to the Air Force Times
- Other elements of the current test, which include situps and push-ups, would probably be replaced in favor of exercises with more scientific background in terms of fitness.
Gender neutral fitness test with running on the front line could come for the military: The scientific unit of the Air Force is considering a running test using VO 2 max to hopefully provide a more accurate representation of the true fitness level give, Air Force Times reported.
By eliminating the gender rating that includes certain exercises such as situps and pushups, the new test would allow all members of the service to be measured equally regardless of gender.
Dr. Neal Baumgartner, head of the Air Force's Department of Human Movement, announced the new concept at a meeting of the DACWITS on Tuesday. He announced that the unit was at an early stage to determine the interest in changes to the current Fitness Fatness Index (FFI), which could potentially create a metric for a single number measuring a member's fitness.
There is an "inseparable" relationship between aerobic fitness and body composition, "said Baumgartner Air Force Times . "We have to teach our flyers that."
The proposed test would use a person's VO 2 max ̵