Air Force Tier 2 EOD PFT Training Plan

$29.00

  • 6-week plan, 5 day/week training plan specifically designed to prepare athletes for the Air Force Tier 2 EOD Physical Fitness Test
  • Plan deploys initial, mid and end-of-cycle assessments and automatically scales to the incoming and improving fitness of the individual athlete
  • This training plan is one of the 200+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.

Description

This is an intense 6-week training cycle specifically built to prepare athletes for the Air Force Tier 2 EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Physical Fitness Test. It’s a 6 week, 5x Day/Week training cycle, with an unload/taper week (week 6). It is designed to be completed directly 6 weeks before the athletes official PFT.

This plan begins with the Air Force Tier 2 EOD PFT, and the follow on programming is primarily based on the initial assessment results. You’ll re-take the full PFT mid-cycle and again at the end of the cycle.

In this way, the plan to a large part automatically “scales” to the incoming fitness of the athlete and continues to push him as his fitness improves.

Click HERE for the Air Force Tier 2 EOD Physical Fitness Test and Standards Protocol.
Click HERE for the Air Force Tier 2 EOD Physical Fitness Test score sheet.

This is the first version of this plan, built in July 2019.

 

PFT EVENTS AND HOW THEY ARE TRAINED

The Air Force Tier 2 EOD PFT consists of 10 individual events, some of which use specialized equipment. Listed below are the events and how they are trained in this program:

Event How Trained
1000m Row 500m Row Interval Repeats
Hand Dynamometer Grip Strength Dead Lift Crush Intervals
Back, Side, Log Med Ball Toss Back, Side, Log Med Ball Toss Repeats
5RM Trap Bar Dead Lift                               5 Rep, Percentage Progression based on your most recent 5RM
Max Rep Pull Ups Percentage Progression Based on your most recent Max Rep effort
4x25m Farmer’s Carry @ 50# Sandbags 4x25m Farmer’s Carry Repeats @ 50# sandbags
Grip Endurance @ 3×3 Beam Grip Endurance Intervals at 3×3 Beam or 45# Bumper Plates
5 Rounds Gruseter for Time 2 Rounds Gruseter Repeats
Max Rep Knee Cross Crunch @ 56 BPM Percentage Progression Based on your most recent Max Rep effort
1.5 Mile Run 800m Run Interval Repeats

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

  • Monday: AF Tier 2 PFT Part (1) – first 9 events (Weeks 1, 3, 6); Row Repeats, Grip Crush, Med Ball Toss, Trap Bar DL (Weeks 2, 4, 5)
  • Tuesday: 1.5 Mile Run Assessment (Weeks 1, 3, 6); Farmer’s Carry, Grip Endurance, Gruseter Intervals, Pull Ups, Crunches (Weeks 2, 4, 5)
  • Wednesday: 800m Run Intervals (most weeks)
  • Thursday:  Row Repeats, Grip Crush, Med Ball Toss, Trap Bar DL (most weeks)
  • Friday: Farmer’s Carry, Grip Endurance, Gruseter Intervals, Pull Ups, Crunches

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

All the equipment needed for the AF Tier 2 EOD PFT:

  • Rower
  • Lafayette Hand Dynamometer
  • 20”, 14-inch Diameter Medicine Ball
  • 5x 50# Sandbags
  • 30# Weight Vest
  • 3×3, 60# Beam (Rogue Fitness)
  • Stop Watch
  • Trap Bar and Plates for Loading
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Running Track or known 1.5 mile and 800m distances
  • Stop Watch
  • 56BMP Metronome (smartphone application)

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This program is progressed – each session builds upon the prior session – so don’t skip a session or skip around. Follow the training sessions in order, regardless.

Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run/Ruck Calculator is listed as an exercise.

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
Yes. Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.

How do I access the plan?
You can access the plan via username and password either through our website or through our app (Mtn Tactical Fitness) available for IOS and Android.

Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time.

More Questions? Email: coach@mtntactical.com

Required Equipment


  • Rower

  • Lafayette Hand Dynamometer

  • 20”, 14-inch Diameter Medicine Ball

  • 5x 50# Sandbags

  • 30# Weight Vest

  • 3x3, 60# Beam (Rogue Fitness)

  • Stop Watch

  • Trap Bar and Plates for Loading

  • Pull Up Bar

  • Running Track or known 1.5 mile and 800m distances

  • Stop Watch

  • 56BMP Metronome (smartphone application)


 

Sample Training

Below is the entire first week of the Plan:

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MONDAY
SESSION 1
Obj: Air Force EOD Tier 2 PFT Part (1)


Warm up:


3 Rounds




Training:


(1) Row 1,000m for Time


RECORD FINISH TIME


**rest 10 minutes


(2) Grip Strength Test using Lafayette Hand Dynamometer


2 Trials (right hand + left hand) rest at least 1 min rest between trials.


RECORD BEST SCORE BASED ON HIGHEST READING OF EITHER HAND


** rest 2-4 minutes


(3) Back, Side, Log Medicine Ball Toss @ 20# ball, 14-inch diameter


3 Trials (back/side/log toss each trial). RECORD THE SUM OF THE HIGHEST BACK TOSS, SIDE TOSS AND LOG TOSS


** rest 2-4 minutes


(4) 5RM Trap Bar Dead Lift


After a light warm up, work up to your 5RM (5 repetition maximum) Trap Bar Dead Lift. Rest a minimum of 5 minutes between trials.


** Rest 5 Minutes


(5) Max Rep Strict Pull Ups


RECORD MAX REPS


** rest 5 minutes


(6) 4x25m Farmer’s Carry @ 50# Sandbags for Time


RECORD FINISH TIME


** rest 5 minutes


(7) Grip Endurance @ 60# 3x3 Beam


RECORD MAX HOLD TIME


** rest 5 minutes


(8) 5 Rounds Gruseter for Time


RECORD FINISH TIME


(9) Max Rep Cross Knee Crunch @ 56 BPM Metronome


RECORD REPS


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TUESDAY
SESSION 2
Obj: Air Force EOD Tier 2 PFT Part (2)


Warm Up:




Training:


(1) Run 1.5 Miles for Time


RECORD FINISH TIME


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WEDNESDAY
SESSION 3
Obj: Row, Grip Test, Medball Toss, Trap Bar Dead Lift


Warm up:


3 Rounds




Training:


(1) 3 Rounds




  • Row 500m using your SESSION 1, 1000m Row finish time and the “500m Interval Pace” from the MTI Row Calculator

  • Rest 3 Minutes Between Efforts


(2) 10 Rounds, every 60 Seconds




  • 10 Second Dead Lift Hold with Over Crush @ 135#


Set a repeating countdown timer for 60 seconds or look at a wall clock with a second hand. On “go” dead lift 135# with an overhand grip and for the first 10 seconds of the interval, grip/crush the bar as hard as possible. Drop the bar after 10 seconds and rest the remaining 50 seconds of the interval before starting the next round.


(3) 4 Rounds




  • Med Ball Back Toss @ 20#

  • Retrieve ball and walk back to start.


(4) 4 Rounds




  • Med Ball Side Toss @ 20#. Alternate sides each round

  • Retrieve ball and walk back to start.


(5) 4 Rounds




  • Med Ball Log Toss @ 20#

  • Retrieve ball and walk back to start.


(6) 9 Rounds




  • 5x Trap Bar Dead Lift (See loading below - use SESSION 1 5RM to calculate loads. 5x Reps each Round)

  • Hip Flexor Stretch between rounds



Round  Load
1           50% 5RM
2           60% 5RM
3           70% 5RM
4           80% 5RM
5-9        85% 5RM


Example for Part (5) - assume your SESSION 1 Trap Bar Deadlift 5RM was 400 pounds. Below would be your loading today:


Round  Load
1           200# (50% of 400#)
2           240# (60% of 400#)
3           280# (70% of 400#)
4           320# (80% of 400#)
5-9        340# (85% of 400#)

(7) Foam Roll Legs, Low Back


Comments:


Part (1)’s rounds 3-6 is an intense effort ... rest as needed between rounds. During the barbell complex, don't put the barbell down. You’ll have to fight.


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THURSDAY
SESSION 4
Obj: Farmer’s Carry, Grip Endurance, Gruseter, Pull Ups, Cross Knee Crunch


Warm Up:


3 Rounds




Training:


(1) 4 Rounds, Every 90 Seconds...




  • 4x25m Farmer’s Carry @ 50# Sandbags


Go as fast as possible each round. Faster you finish, the more rest you get before the next round begins.


(2) 3 Rounds




  • Grip Endurance for time @ 80# 3x3 Beam

  • Rest 2 minutes between efforts


Note the increase in load to 80# over the assessment load of 60#. Each round, hold for as long as possible. Rest a full 2 minutes between rounds


Can’t train with a beam? Hold a 45# bumper plate in each hand instead.


(3) 4 Sets, Every 5 Minutes …




  • 2 Rounds of the Gruseter


Go as fast as possible each time through. Faster you Go as fast as possible each time through. Faster you finish the 2 Rounds, the more rest you get before the next round begins.


(5) 5 Rounds, Every 75 seconds ….




  • 35% Max Rep Pull Ups from SESSION 1


Exp: Your SESSION 1 Max Rep Pull Ups was 16 Rep. Set a repeating countdown timer for 90 seconds. On “Go,” complete 16 x .35 = 5.6 or 6 pull ups (round up). Faster you finish the more rest you get before the next round begins. It's okay to break sets if necessary.


(6) 5 Rounds, Every 90 seconds …




  • 35% Max Rep Cross Knee Crunch @ 56 BPM Metronome from SESSION 1


Exp: Your SESSION 1 Max Rep Cross Knee Crunch was 90. Set a repeating countdown timer for 90 seconds. On “Go,” complete 90 x .35 = 31.5 or 32 Cross Knee Crunches to a 56 BPM Metronome (round up). Faster you finish the more rest you get before the next round begins. It's okay to break sets if necessary.


(7) 2 Rounds




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FRIDAY
SESSION 5
Obj: Running


Warm Up:


4 Rounds




Training:


(1) 3 Rounds




  • Run 800m at your “800m Interval Pace” using your SESSION 2, 1.5 Mile Run Time and the MTI Run Interval Calculator

  • Rest 3 Minutes between efforts


(2) 2 Rounds



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Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
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What about nutrition?
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