We are bringing in fitness pre-requisites for MVT classes. We are nailing down the details over at the forum but I will detail here pretty much what it is going to be. These standards will not apply to those who are already booked on classes in October and November 2017, but they will apply to classes starting in 2018. This is simply because they were not published when those currently on classes made their bookings. However: more fitness is good!
Why? Two main reasons:
On the other hand, many people do not even know what a minimum level of physical conditioning is. So we are going to spell it out, and require self-certification prior to attending class.
We will distinguish between flat range classes only (Flat Range Standard) , and those that move off the flat range (Tactical Range Standard). Flat range only classes include Defensive Concealed Handgun and Combat Rifle Skills. Those that move off the flat range include Combat Team Tactics, Combat Patrol / Direct Action, Close Quarter Battle Course, Force on Force Team Tactics.
In addition to these basic standards, we will also develop and offer a competitive MVT Combat Fitness Test via the MVT Forum. We already run (free) Fitness Challenge events on the Forum, and the plan will be to run these twice a year, developing and including an MVT Fitness test.
Tactical Range Standard
2 Mile Event:
The 2 Mile Event will be a 2 mile course on flat or gently rolling terrain, on track or road. It will be completed in 30 minutes or under carrying a 25 lb load. This is a standard 15 minute mile pace.
Alternate Forward Lunges:
Immediately on completion of the 2 Mile Event, students will complete a series of alternate forward lunges for 2 minutes, carrying the 25 lb load. The minimum standard is 30 lunges in 2 minutes.
MVT reserves the right to ask for this test to be conducted at class, wearing the equipment worn at class, if there are any doubts as to the ability of the individual to move safely around the ranges.
Students with medical issues must obtain clearance from a relevant medical professional prior to conducting any of these exercises or tests.
Flat Range Standard
Alternate Forward Lunges:
This is the same exercise as above, but without the 25 lb load. Students should conduct this wearing the equipment, or weight equivalent, of the equipment that they are planning on wearing at class. For CRS, this should be a minimum of 4 x loaded magazines. At flat range classes, there is still the requirement to get into kneeling and prone firing positions, and recover and move safely.
These standards will be published and linked off the relevant class pages. The class paperwork will be amended to include a self-certification section.
If anyone has general questions, or is interested in the MVT Tactical Fitness test, they can be raised on the MVT Forum. For specific questions, or questions about injury, disability or equivalent events, email MVT (firstname.lastname@example.org).