NAVADMIN 011-07
Official Testing Procedures for the Elliptical Trainer and Stationary Cycle
NAVADMIN 011/07

SUBJ/STATIONARY CYCLE AND ELLIPTICAL TRAINER TESTING PROCEDURES//

THE ELLIPTICAL TRAINER AS A CARDIO OPTION.// GENTEXT/REMARKS/
1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE STATIONARY CYCLE AS AN ADDITIONAL PRT
CARDIO OPTION ALONG WITH THE ELLIPTICAL TRAINING ANNOUNCED BY REF A.

2.  THE ONLY AUTHORIZED STATIONARY CYCLE FOR THE PRT IS THE LIFE
FITNESS (MODEL 95 CI).  THE ONLY AUTHORIZED ELLIPTICAL TRAINERS FOR THE
PRT ARE THE LIFE FITNESS (MODELS CT 9500 HR, CT 9500, 95 XI (QUIET
DRIVE VERSION ONLY), 91 XI, AND 91 X), THE PRECOR (MODEL EFX-NAVY), AND
THE NAUTILUS (MODEL E9 16).

3.  PERSONNEL WHO INTEND TO USE THE CYCLE OR ELLIPTICAL FOR THE PRT ARE
HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO TRAIN AND FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES ON THE
AUTHORIZED VERSION(S) OF THE MACHINES TO ENSURE THEY ARE MEETING THEIR
GOALS.

4.  THE CYCLE AND ELLIPTICAL TESTS ARE BOTH A 12-MINUTE FIXED-TIMED
TEST THAT PERMITS A DIRECT CORRELATION OF THE CYCLE AND ELLIPTICAL
TEST RESULTS TO THE 1.5 MILE RUN (WHICH REMAINS THE  STANDARD PHYSICAL
READINESS TEST).  THE GOAL IS TO BURN AS MANY CALORIES AS POSSIBLE.

5.  THE CFL SHALL CONDUCT THE CYCLE AND ELLIPTICAL TESTS AS FOLLOWS:
A.  OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE CYCLE AND/OR ELLIPTICAL TEST FROM
THE COMMANDING OFFICER/OFFICER-IN-CHARGE.
B.  PRACTICE SAFETY, SETUP/START/STOP AND TESTING PROCEDURES ON
EACH INDIVIDUAL MACHINE PRIOR TO CONDUCTING ANY OFFICIAL TESTING.
C.  PERFORM OFFICIAL BODY COMPOSITION ASSESSMENT (BCA) WITHIN THE
REQUIRED WINDOW OF 24 HOURS (MINIMUM) TO 30 HOURS (MAXIMUM) PRIOR TO
THE PRT.
D.  VERIFY THAT SAFETY, SETUP/START/STOP, AND TESTING PROCEDURES
WORK ACCURATELY ON EACH INDIVIDUAL MACHINE PRIOR TO USE ON TESTING DAY.
E.  VERIFY THE CLOCK ACCURATELY MEASURES TIME ON EACH INDIVIDUAL
MACHINE TO BE USED FOR TESTING PRIOR TO USE ON TESTING DAY.
F.  ENSURE SAILORS UNDERSTAND THAT OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY
REQUIRE PROPER HYDRATION.
G.  ENSURE THE PARTICIPANT HAS PRACTICED ON THE SPECIFIC MACHINE
USED FOR THE TEST AND IS FAMILIAR WITH ALL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.
H.  BEGIN 12-MINUTE TEST UTILIZING THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.
(1) ENSURE MACHINE DATA IS CLEARED PRIOR TO PROGRAMMING FOR THE
TEST.
(2) INSTRUCT MEMBER TO STEP ON MACHINE.
(3) PROGRAM THE FOLLOWING FOUR ITEMS IN THE ORDER REQUIRED BY
THE SPECIFIC MACHINE:
(A)  MANUAL  PROGRAM
(B) RESISTANCE OF SAILOR S CHOICE
(C) OFFICIAL BCA WEIGHT (FOR ELLIPTICAL ONLY)
(D)  BIKE  MODE (FOR CYCLE ONLY)
(E)  12 MINUTES  (ADJUST AS REQUIRED FOR MACHINES THAT
UTILIZE AUTOMATIC COOL DOWN, FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE MACHINE GOES INTO
AUTOMATIC COOL DOWN 2 MINUTES BEFORE THE TIME THAT IT IS SET, SET THE
MACHINE FOR 14 MINUTES SO IT DOES NOT START AUTOMATIC COOL DOWN UNTIL
THE SAILOR HAS TESTED FOR 12 MINUTES)
(4) CONDUCT TEST OF 12 MINUTES, ALLOWING THE SAILOR TO VARY THE
RESISTANCE/LOAD AND STRIDE RATE/PEDAL RATE TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE
WHILE OTHERWISE KEEPING HANDS ON THE MOVEABLE HANDLEBARS
THROUGHOUT THE
TEST.
(5) AT THE 12 MINUTE MARK, READ, ANNOUNCE AND RECORD CALORIC
OUTPUT FROM CYCLE OR ELLIPTICAL DISPLAY SCREEN.
I.  STOP CYCLE OR ELLIPTICAL AND INSTRUCT THE SAILOR WHEN TO STEP
OFF THE MACHINE.
J.  INPUT CALORIC OUTPUT INTO THE PRIMS CALCULATOR TO BE CONVERTED
INTO RUN TIME.
K.  SCORE RUN TIME USING 1.5 MILE RUN PERFORMANCE CHARTS IN
OPNAVINST 6110.1H.

6.  CYCLE AND ELLIPTICAL TEST EVENTS SHALL BE ENDED WHEN PARTICIPANT
COMPLETES EXACTLY 12 MINUTES.  THE CYCLE AND ELLIPTICAL TEST EVENT IS
FAILED WHEN PARTICIPANT TERMINATES EVENT PRIOR TO 12 MINUTES, SUCH
AS:
A.  STOPPING TO REST.
B.  STOPPING THE MACHINE.
C.  STANDING UP ON CYCLE.
D.  REMOVING HANDS FROM HANDLEBARS (OTHER THAN MOMENTARILY
REQUIRED FOR COMFORT, E.G., TO ADJUST THE RESISTANCE).   HANDLEBARS
FOR THE ELLIPTICAL ARE DEFINED AS THE PRIMARY SET OF MOVABLE HANDLES,
NOT THE SECONDARY SET ON SOME MACHINES THAT DO NOT MOVE WHILE
EXERCISING.

7.  CFLS SHALL NOT ALLOW SAILORS TO TEST ON INDIVIDUAL MACHINES ON
WHICH THEY HAVE NOT PRACTICED SAFETY, SETUP/START/STOP, OR TESTING
PROCEDURES PRIOR TO THE TESTING DAY.  CFLS SHALL NOT TEST SAILORS ON
INDIVIDUAL MACHINES THEY HAVE NOT VERIFIED ARE WORKING PROPERLY.
CFLS/ACFLS SHALL BE PRESENT TO PERSONALLY READ, ANNOUNCE, AND RECORD
THE CALORIC OUTPUT AT THE 12 MINUTE MARK.  ALL FOUR PRT COMPONENTS
(SIT/REACH, CURLUPS, PUSHUPS, AND CYCLE OR ELLIPTICAL) SHALL BE
PERFORMED IAW OPNAVINST 6110.1H WITH ONE EXCEPTION BEING THE TIME THE
BCA IS PERFORMED.

8.  PERSONNEL SHOULD BE ADVISED THE CYCLE AND ELLIPTICAL CARDIO OPTIONS
ARE CHALLENGING EVENTS AND SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED WITHOUT PRIOR
TRAINING TO ENSURE SAFETY AND TO BE AWARE OF PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES.

9.  COMMANDING OFFICERS HAVE DISCRETION IN AUTHORIZING THE CYCLE AND
ELLIPTICAL AS PHYSICAL READINESS TESTING OPTIONS.  THE COMMANDING
OFFICER SHOULD CONSIDER THE ADDITIONAL TIME CONSTRAINTS REQUIRED BY
THE CFL TO ADMINISTER THE PRT USING THESE OPTIONS AS WELL AS
AUTHORIZED EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY.

10.  THE 1.5 MILE RUN REMAINS THE NAVY TESTING STANDARD.  SAILORS
MEDICALLY WAIVED FROM THE 1.5 MILE RUN CANNOT BE REQUIRED TO TEST
USING  THE CYCLE, ELLIPTICAL, SWIM OR TREADMILL OPTIONS.  SAILORS
CHOOSING TO TEST USING ONE OF THESE ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS SHALL ENSURE
THE MEDICAL WAIVER SPECIFICALLY STATES WHICH CARDIO OPTIONS HAVE BEEN
CLEARED BY THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

11.  COMMENCING 1 JANUARY 2007, THE RUN TIME CONVERSION CALCULATOR WAS
PROGRAMMED INTO PRIMS FOR OFFICIAL SCORING, WITH A CALCULATOR TO
CONDUCT PRACTICE TESTING THAT DETERMINES PERFORMANCE AVAILABLE ON
THE PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM OFFICE WEBSITE AT
WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/COMMANDSUPPORT/PHYSICALREADINESS.  THE
CALCULATORS WILL USE THE CALORIC OUTPUT, THE BRAND AND MODEL OF
CYCLE OR ELLIPTICAL, THE OFFICIAL BCA WEIGHT, AND A MALE/FEMALE
CORRECTION FACTOR TO CALCULATE THE EQUIVALENT RUN TIME.  THE RUN TIME
WILL THEN BE SCORED USING THE RUN PERFORMANCE CHARTS (ACCOUNTING
FOR ALTITUDE, AGE, AND GENDER) CONTAINED IN OPNAVINST 6110.1H.  FOR MORE
INFORMATION ON THE ELLIPTICAL TRAINERS, OR THE STATIONARY CYCLE, AND
OTHER PRT CONCERNS, VISIT THE PHYSICAL READINESS OFFICE WEBSITE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(FAQ) SECTION.

12.  POINT OF CONTACT:  HEATHER POUNCEY AT (901) 874-2229 (OPTION
2)/DSN 882 OR EMAIL AT NAVY.PHYSICALREADINE@NAVY.MIL.

13.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C.  HARVEY, JR., N1.// BT


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