British Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson is taking a challenge that YouTubers and athletes alike love to try: military physical fitness tests. There’s an entire genre of fit guys testing their mettle with the physical trials members of the forces must pass—from British bodybuilder Obi Vincent trying the Marine Corps Fitness Test, MattDoesFitness attempting the U.S. Air Force’s Physical Fitness Test, and Olympic runners Nick Symmonds and Ryan Hall taking on the Marine Corps Fitness Test.
But Wilson isn’t interested in one specific military outfit’s protocol. For his challenge, Wilson plans to take on a custom challenge comprised of pullups, pushups and situps, all common events in the genre. To fit the theme, Wilson and his friends don faux-camouflage fatigues and wear dog tags (the face paint they apply might just be a step to far).
Wilson sets out a goal number of reps for each exercise:
“We’ll see how far we can push the boundaries today,” says Wilson.
Wilson gets to his chinups, and he knocks out 25 reps without dropping.
Next up is situps, which he plans to do for 2 minutes. But he comes up short with only 66.
“Ahhhhh!” he says as he struggles through his last reps. “We’re putting ourselves through hell and high water.”
Finally, he hits the pushups, which will be until he fatigues.
“I’ll be really happy with 87,” he says.
He grabs a yoga block to put under his chest to tap for each rep. He gets to it, and he manages to get to 61 pushups before collapsing. He’s not close to his goal, but it’s a solid effort nonetheless.
In place of the 1.5 mile run standard with military fitness tests, Wilson decides to do an assault course in the gymnasium instead. The challenge uses the gymnastics rings, crawling underneath gym mats, scaling a wall, flips on a trampoline, walking across balance beams, and uneven bars. He completes it in 1:25. That might be more like a military obstacle course than a fitness test—but we’ll give him credit for the effort.
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