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Review of The New IPPT System and Tips To Help You Ace It
As you might have heard, the Ministry Of Defence or mindef has released the new IPPT system on 23 July 2014. The new scoring system and format of the physical test has stirred quite a bit of discussion for those affected.
After reading through all the comments on twitter, facebook and on news sites, I can conclude that most people are on the 2 extreme ends, the “Thank god for the change” side and the “this is dumb” side. Not sure if its just me but there seem to be more on the side of disapproval to the change. Nonetheless, the change has already been confirmed officially and there is a very slim chance mindef will revert to the old system anytime soon.
Personally, I think the new IPPT system is a joke, here’s why:
Too Easy/No Kick
While mindef states on their site that the new IPPT format would be “Simpler, Yet Effective” and “the simpler test format will further motivate our servicemen to take greater ownership of their fitness” I honestly do not understand how it would be “Effective” and I certainly do not agree that it will increase motivation to exercise.
Before I proceed I have to clarify that I have been working out for 2 years now and I’m fairly fit (I hope it really is so). Under 10.30 for 2.4km and 20 pull ups isn’t a major problem for me but the 5 stations in the old format does get me excited because of standing broad jump and shuttle run. The reason I can do quite a few pull-ups is because of the desire to conquer the pull-up station and not appear weak in front of others as I stuggle to pull myself up. But now that its gone…..
Regardless of your fitness level, your chance of passing would be greatly, greatly increased and if you can already pass, you don’t even have to try…
If you can’t run, dont worry, take a jog and clock 14mins for 21 points. If you are good at push-ups and sit-ups thats great but no point trying so hard, stop at 40 push-ups for the 20 points and 30 sit-ups for 16 points. That’s already 57 points without even trying.
I know I’m severely underestimating the fitness levels of many of you and overvaluing that of some but the new system is indeed much easier than the old one and honestly (in my personal opinion), too much easier.
Have you seen someone who can’t do sit-ups? Even when I was obese sit-ups wasn’t a problem with the aid of momentum. Push-ups are something I used to do for warm-ups in secondary school for my 2.4 and pull-ups.
Say Goodbye To Functional Fitness
Functional fitness refers to being able to do useful things with your strength and edurance. In order to perform well in the old system you need to have adequate upper body strength and a good weight-to-stength ratio to do pull-ups, powerful legs for shuttle run and standing broad jumps. The strength gains by just training for these exercises alone is very useful for daily activities.
There are many who turn to social media to lament that having the strength to pull yourself up and jump over obstacles is a basic requirement. What’s the point of goinf to military then?
What You Can Do About It?
If you are one of the unlucky ones who are affected by this change there are a few things you can do if your goal is to conquer the new IPPT. First, your goal should be to get a silver or gold since the system is much easier now, getting a pass should be a piece of cake. If you’re already fit then scoring 100 points (maximum) can serve as a challenge.
Run more. It’s clear that mindef is placing heavy emphasize on the 2.4km run/jog as it accounts for half the score. If you are keen to score well for an impressive total score, 2.4km will definitely be a challenge. To get 50 points you will need a timing of 8.30 and 10mins only gets you 40 points so if you’re one of those perfectionist you might need a lot of work.
Push-ups are really easy to train. No equipment is needed but you can get the push-up stands/bars to make push-ups harder during training so that you can do more during the test. From my experience, 2-3 months of training is more than enough to bump your push-up numbers. Keep in mind that you only have 1 minute for the push-ups so don’t take your time and do it slow.
Sit-ups should not be a concern at all. The maxium 25 points can be obtained worth 60 situps which means 1 sit-up per second is adequate.
It May Not Be That Bad
If you are a fitness enthusiast fretting and lamenting about the changes for to the IPPT system you might want to know that the situation may not be as bad as it sounds. Dropping pull-ups from the stations does not mean that the whole nation will stop doing pull-ups and certainly doesn’t mean pull-ups are not an effective exercise. Pull-ups are also likely to remain a staple exercise during normal training. Nevertheless, you should be genuinely concerned about improving your fitness for the vaious benefits of a healthy lifestyle instead of merely passing fitness tests.