Rite of Passage Resources- Physical Fitness Test

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Rite of Passage Resources- Physical Fitness Test

As promised, here are resources I used and also mentioned in my book Rite of Passage- Initiating Your Son into Manhood.

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In the book I urge you to do some type of physical testing for your son as part of his Rite of Passage event. We did a modified Army fitness test., although what you do is up to you.

Working with an official military test is a good idea if you want to use a scoring method. I use these in our homeschool so I can test my kids according to their scores and look for improvements over time.

If your son is showing an aptitude for a certain sport, skill, or occupation, you could create a test based on that or possibly find one.

Whatever you do, I want you to keep several things in mind-

  1. Choose a test that will challenge him but not demean him. This event is meant to raise up a new man, not crush his spirit.
  2. Choose a test that at least some of the attendees will also be able to participate in.
  3. Choose a test that means something to you and your son.
  4. Tailor it to the event.

Below are links to several fitness tests you could choose from…

Marine Corps PFT

Army PFT

Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer PFT

Spec Ops PFT

Top 12 PFT Exercises

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use a testing format, you could always do an organized workout. We used to do these all the time in the Marine Corps. Here’s a couple of links to give you an idea of what you could do that would be really fun.


This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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