Thefollowing information is provided for individuals prepar-ing for the physical demands of initial military training(IMT). The staff of the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School(USAPFS) prepared this Pocket Physical Training Guide. Thisdocument is the sole property of United States Army Trainingand Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and is intended for useby U.S. Army Recruiters to assist future Soldiers.This guide was written in recognition that both the qualityand quantity of physical activity recommended to the indi-viduals using this guide is consistent with current physicalactivity recommendations for the general public. The fitnesscomponents of cardiorespiratory endurance, muscularstrength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition areall inherent within this generalized exercise prescription.This program specifies the intensity, duration, and frequencyof training, and it is the interaction of these three variablesthat results in improved health and physical fitness.Inorder for this program to be safe and effective, it must befollowed as written. Exercise must be conducted regularly atthe proper intensity to bring about the desired changes inthe body. However, changes in the body occur gradually; sobe patient and adhere to the program. If you miss a sessionfor some reason, just pick up where you left off with the nextday’ssession. However, if you miss a whole week of sessions,you will have to startthe week over. In addition, followingthe nutritional guidance in this document and ensuringadequate rest and recovery will optimize health, improvephysical fitness, and control injuries.
DO NOT begin this physical exercise program beforepassingaroutine physical examination at the MilitaryEntranceProcessing Station (MEPS).