First before I forget, Tampa Bay peeps, do not forget to enter to win FREE Entry for you AND a Friend to the Color Me Rad 5K, I will be there and you really need to be there too! It’s very easy to enter and there is no reason why you shouldn’t so go ahead and do that now.
And now, did you know that it’s been over a decade since the FBI required it’s agents to perform a physical fitness test? Well, it has been, but all that has changed.
Agents are now required to complete a fitness test consisting of 4 separate challenges. When I heard about this the first thing I wanted to do was to see if I have what it takes, physically anyway, to be an FBI agent. Want to know how I measure up? Do you wonder how you would measure up? Well then, read on.
The fitness test consists of 4 separate challenges, Push Ups, Sit Ups, A 300 meter sprint and a 1.5 mile run. You have to complete each of the 4 challenges successfully with no more than a 5 minute break in-between.
First Up: Sit-Ups
You have to do one minute of continuous sit-ups and that means no breaks! You start lying on the floor with your hands behind your head and your feet at a 90 degree angle. You are allowed to have a partner hold your toes but I chose not to because I’m good like that.
For a sit-up to count you must lift your torso up until your back is perpendicular to the floor and then when you go back down your shoulder blades must touch the floor.
How many do you need to do to pass?
Women: 35 or more
Men: 38 or more
Next up is a 300 meter sprint.
300 meters is ¾’s of a track lap or around 2/10 th’s of a mile. You start from s standing positions and sprint the entire 300 meters.
What does it take to pass?
Women: 64.9 seconds or less
Men: 52.4 seconds or less
Next are the Push-Ups
I don’t know how you feel about push-ups but these are the things my nightmares are made of. Fortunately this isn’t a timed test but you do have to do a full push up meaning toes on the floor. You just do as many continuous push-ups as you can with no breaks.
What is passing?
Women: 14 or more.
Men: 30 or more.
(That’s a big difference isn’t it?)
Last is the 1.5 mile run.
I was pretty sure I had this but keep in mind you only get a 5 minute break between challenges.
What is passing?
Women: 13:59 or less
Men: 12:24 or less
These passing scores are based on the minimums needed to pass the test but if you’re curious about the actual scoring system, you can visit the FBI’s website.
So how did I do?
300 Meter Run: 62.7
Push-Ups: 19 BAM!
1.5 Mile Run: 11:52
The hardest thing for me was the push-ups but the 300 meter run was also hard which really surprised me but it’s probably because I’m not used to sprinting. Anyhow, from now on you can call me Agent Up and Humming because I passed!
Now it’s your turn, take the test and tell me how you did! Seriously, do it now!