Possible New Navy
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Navy, working with the University of Memphis Department of
Health and Sport Sciences, will be conducting a test of several new physical fitness
exercises beginning July 11.
Currently, the Navy and the University of Memphis are seeking Sailors in the Millington
and Memphis, Tenn., area to participate in the test. In order to effectively develop
potential performance standards, the test will use volunteers from each age and gender
category, as established by the Navy Physical Readiness Program (PRP) instruction
(OPNAVINST 6110.1 series). The beta test will last through the end of July.
“This does not mean that we have plans to change the physical readiness test (PRT),”
said Bill Moore, director, Navy PRP. “We are always looking at process improvement. An
open mind is essential to the program – whether we are considering new exercise options
or focusing on nutrition. Our current program is based on research and we are honored
to be working jointly with the University of Memphis.”
The test will incorporate several muscular strength tests, including the leg/hip
dynamometer and standing long jump. Both exercises use the same muscle groups (i.e.,
the legs, hips, and back) that are used when performing a squat, lifting a box, and other
such movements that occur daily in Navy life. There will also be a short (only 15-yard),
distanced timed event called the pro-agility test. It measures an individual’s speed and
agility as they accelerate, decelerate, and change direction. Again, these are common
movements practiced both in sports and on the job. Endurance events being tested
include a 300-yard shuttle run, two-kilometer rower and five-kilometer bike test.
“There are multiple components to physical fitness, but they can be broken down into two
major categories – health related and skill related,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Peterson,
exercise physiologist for the Navy’s PRP. “Health-related components include:
cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular
endurance. Skill related components include: speed, agility, balance, coordination,
reaction time and power. The current PRT incorporates most of the health-related
components of fitness, but none of the skill-related. Exercises chosen for evaluation in
the beta test not only incorporate health related components but skill related components
According to Moore, the beta test is being conducted for the sake of research only.
“This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a state-of-the-art research study.
However, I need to reemphasize that this is for research purposes only and that there are
currently no plans to change the Navy PRT,” Moore said.
For more information, visit the Navy’s physical readiness Web page at http://www.npc.