Elliptical Machine & Stationary
Bike Allowed for the PRT
The Complete Online Resource for PRT/PFA  Information and Your Physical Training Needs
Release Date: 01/28/2007
By Lt. Scott Mowery, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy’s culture of fitness program is introducing
new ways for Sailors to complete the cardiovascular portion of the Physical
Readiness Test (PRT). NAVADMIN 11/07 spells out the details for commanding
officers use of elliptical trainers and stationary bikes as options to running the PRT.

When commanders approve the options, Sailors who do not wish to run are
offered other ways to complete the cardio standard. Any medical issues, however,
need close attention. According to the NAVADMIN, Sailors who are medically
waived from the 1.5 mile run cannot be required to test using the stationary cycle,
elliptical, swim or treadmill options. Sailors and command fitness leaders must
ensure any medical waiver states which cardio options are cleared.

The elliptical and cycle tests are both 12-minute fixed-timed tests with a direct
correlation to the 1.5 mile run. The goal is to burn as many calories as possible.

Once the user obtains their caloric output from the elliptical or stationary bike, they
can input these results into a calculator located on the PRT website:
www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/PhysicalReadiness/. This calculates a run
time that can be compared to the 1.5 mile run section of the PRT instruction.

“We are trying to encourage the culture of fitness concept by giving Sailors the
option to test like they train. These new options, when allowed by the command,
give Sailors the chance to work out on a regular basis on equipment they can use
to complete the run portion of the PRT,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Finlayson, the Navy’s
program manager for physiology and fitness.

The culture of fitness encourages Sailors to exercise more frequently and get rid
of the “three mile club,” those Sailors who only exercise when the PRT comes
around. “This also helps deployed commands complete their PRT on time and
gives deployed Sailors more options to stay in shape,” said Finlayson.

If using these options for the PRT, command fitness leaders (CFL) must ensure
Sailors train on the machine and know the safety, setup/start/stop, and testing
procedures for that machine prior to testing day.

“These options are challenging events,” according to the NAVADMIN, so Sailors
need to know their performance capabilities before taking the test.

CFLs must obtain authorization from their commanding officer to use the elliptical
and stationary bike for a PRT. CFLs and Sailors should read NAVADMIN 11/07 at
www.npc.navy.mil (messages section) to get a list of the correct model numbers of
authorized machines that are required to take the test.