US Army May Do Away With Sit-Up Requirement
In what some say is an attempt to make its training more practical, the Army may soon drop the sit-up from its fitness requirements.
The army is testing a new fitness regiment that includes running an obstacle course with 40 to 70 pounds of combat gear on and dragging a sled weighing 180 pounds, but none of the iconic stomach-strengthening exercise.
According to head of Army training Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling “repetitive exercises like sit-ups don’t translate into survival on the battlefield.”
However, push-ups are part still part of the new fitness guidelines, which could be adopted army-wide by the end of the year.