US Navy PRT Training Plan

$39.00

  • 5 week, 5 days/week training plan with the sole objective of improving your score on the PRT.
  • Includes 1 taper week and should be completed 5 weeks directly prior to PRT
  • Assessment-based training plan that scales to your incoming fitness
  • This training plan is one of the 250+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.

Description

The following 5-week training plan is designed to train specifically for the U.S. NAVY’S PHYSICAL READINESS TEST (PRT).

This program is “sport-specific” with the sole objective of improving your score on the PRT. This plan was created March 2021 to reflect the recent changes with the addition of the Front Plank and endurance exercise substitutes (Swim and Row). It is imperative that in the endurance event which has a choice option (Run, Swim, Row) you complete the PRT’s with that exercise, as well as the follow-on progressions in the training plan.

CLICK HERE for a PRT Scoring Chart

This is version 1 of the plan, built in March 2021.

PLANK FORM AND STRATEGY

Form: Begin in the push-up position with feet hip-width apart.  Elbows should be bent and lowered to the ground so that the forearms are lying flat on the ground.  Elbows should be aligned below the shoulders with forearms parallel to the body at about shoulder width distance.  Hands must be on the ground, either in fists with pinky side of the hand touching the ground or lying flat with palms down. Hips should be lifted off the ground with feet flexed and the bottom of the toes on the ground.  The back, buttocks, and legs shall be straight from head to heels and must remain so throughout the test. Toes, forearms, and fists or palms shall remain in contact with the floor, not a wall or other vertical support surface. The exercise is ended if the Marine:  (1) touches the floor with any part of the body except the elbows, forearms, fists/palms and toes, (2) raises one or both feet or hands off the floor, or (3) fails to maintain the back, buttocks, and legs in a straight line from head to heels.

Strategy: Over-flexing the core and lats during the Front Plank will wear you out faster. Contract those muscles just enough to maintain a straight midline, and try to relax your neck and legs. Time seems to go enter a different and slower domain when holding a Front Plank position. Put a happy thought or song in your head to keep your mind off the suck.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Week 1, and 3:

  • Monday: (AM) PRT, (PM) Bodyweight Strength
  • Tuesday: Run/Swim/Row Intervals
  • Wednesday: Bodyweight Strength
  • Thursday: Run/Swim/Row Intervals
  • Friday: Bodyweight Strength, Aerobic Run

Week 2, 4, and 5:

  • Monday: Bodyweight Strength, Run/Swim/Row Intervals
  • Tuesday: Run/Swim/Row Intervals
  • Wednesday: Bodyweight Strength
  • Thursday: Run/Swim/Row Intervals
  • Friday: Bodyweight Strength, Aerobic Run

PROGRAMMING FREQUENCY AND TESTING

  • You will complete 3 PRT’s throughout the training program. Record your scores in each tested element.
  • Complete five sessions per week for five weeks.
  • After finishing the PRT Training Plan, give yourself time 2-3 days to recover before you take an official test.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Stopwatch, preferably one that can record lap times.
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Known distance run route or 400m track
  • Pool if you will be swimming, Rower if you will be rowing on the endurance assessment

 

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.

What if I can’t do the whole session?
If you don’t have enough time to complete the whole session, you can split the session into two.

If the session calls for 5x walking lunges, does that mean 5x walking lunges total or 5x each leg?
5x each leg, 10x total.

What if I can’t make the prescribed reps for the bodyweight exercises, or the prescribed interval times for runs?
Do your best, and be sure to do the total number of rounds, even if you can’t make the reps or the time. Don’t quit.

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 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

DISCLAIMER
Before beginning any exercise program, consult with your physician to ensure that you are in proper health. Physical training contains inherent risks including, but not limited to, muscle strains, tears, physical and bodily injury up to and including death. This training program is not meant to provide medical advice; you should obtain medical advice from your private health care practitioner. If you are unable to assume these risks then you should not engage in this training program. No liability is assumed by Mountain Tactical Institute, Inc, its owners or employees, and you train at your own risk. Mountain Tactical Institute makes no warranty, express or implied, of any kind in connection with this training program.

 

Required Equipment


  • Stopwatch, preferably one that can record lap times.

  • Pull Up Bar

  • Known distance run route or 400m track

  • Pool if you will be swimming, Rower if you will be rowing on the endurance assessment

Sample Training

Below is the First Week from this Training Plan:


MONDAY
SESSION 1 (2-a-Day)
AM Session
Obj: PRT #1 Assessment

Warm-up:
3 Rounds
5/8x Push-ups
30 sec. Front Plank
200m Run
Instep Stretch
Lat + Pec Stretch

Training:

(1) Run 1.5 Mile for Time OR 500yd Swim OR 2000m Row

** Rest 10 Minutes

(2) Max Time Front Plank

** Rest 3 Minutes

(3) Max Push Ups in 2 Minutes

RECORD RESULTS
Whichever aerobic exercise you choose (Run, Swim, Row) will be the same exercise you use for all progressions throughout this entire training plan.

PM Session
Obj: PRT Bodyweight Strength

(1) 6 Rounds, every 75 sec.
30% of your Push Ups from PRT  #1​​​​​​​

Example:
You performed 50 push ups on your PRT #1 Number of Pull-Ups each Interval:
50 x .3 = 15
Each round you’ll do 15x Push Ups every 75 Seconds. Whatever time remaining in the 75 seconds is your rest.

(2) 6 Rounds
30% of your Front Plank time from PRT#1
Rest 30 sec

Example:
You performed 3 minutes on the Front Plank assessment in your PRT. First, break down your time into seconds…
3 x 60 seconds = 180 seconds
180 x .3 = 54 seconds. So each round you’ll do a 54 second plank, followed by a 30 second rest, for 6 rounds. ​​​​​​​

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TUESDAY
SESSION 2
Obj: Endurance Intervals

Warm-up:
3 Rounds
10x Push-ups
2x Pull-ups
200m Run (Increase speed e/round)
Instep Stretch
Lat + Pec Stretch

Training:

(1) 3 Rounds
800m Run @ Interval Pace using the MTI Running Calculator and results from PRT #1
Rest 3 minutes between efforts

→ MTI Running Calculator

OR

3 Rounds
250m Swim @ Interval Pace using the MTI Swim Interval Calculator and your results from the 500m swim from PRT #1
Rest 3 minutes between efforts

→ MTI Swim Interval Calculator

OR

4 Rounds
500m Row @ 20% faster than your 2000m Row Pace
Rest 3 minutes between efforts

How to find your Row Interval Pace:
Break down your time into seconds, then use the follow equation…
(2000m Row Time in seconds / 4) x .8 = Interval Pace
Example: If your 2000k Row time was 15 minutes, you’d calculate the following…
15 x 60 = 900 seconds
900 seconds / 4 = 225 seconds (This is your 500m pace from the 2000m assessment)
225 seconds x .8 = 180 seconds or 3 minutes
So you would complete 4 rounds of 500m Row with a goal time of 3 minutes per interval

(2) 2 Rounds
Instep Stretch
Pigeon Stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch
Lat + Pec Stretch

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WEDNESDAY
SESSION 3
Obj: PRT Bodyweight Strength

Warm up:
3 Rounds
5/8x Push-ups
30 sec. Front Plank
200m Run
Instep Stretch
Lat + Pec Stretch

Training:

(1) 6 Rounds, every 75 sec.
30% of your Push Ups from PRT  #1​​​​​​​

(2) 6 Rounds
30% of your Front Plank time from PRT#1
Rest 30 sec

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THURSDAY
SESSION 4
Obj: Endurance Intervals

Warm-up:

3 Rounds
10x Push-ups
2x Pull-ups
200m Run (Increase speed e/round)
Instep Stretch
Lat + Pec Stretch

Training: 

(1) 3 Rounds
800m Run @ Interval Pace using the MTI Running Calculator and results from PRT #1
Rest 3 minutes between efforts

→ MTI Running Calculator

OR

3 Rounds
250m Swim @ Interval Pace using the MTI Swim Interval Calculator and your results from the 500m swim from PRT #1
Rest 3 minutes between efforts

→ MTI Swim Interval Calculator

OR

4 Rounds
500m Row @ 20% faster than your 2000m Row Pace
Rest 3 minutes between efforts

(2) 2 Rounds
Instep Stretch
Pigeon Stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch
Lat + Pec Stretch

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FRIDAY
SESSION 5
Obj: PRT Bodyweight Strength, Long Aerobic Base Run

Warm up:
3 Rounds
5/8x Push-ups
30 sec. Front Plank
200m Run
Instep Stretch
Lat + Pec Stretch

Training: 

(1) 6 Rounds, every 75 sec.
35% of your Push Ups from PRT  #1​​​​​​​

Example:
You performed 50 push ups on your PRT #1 Number of Pull-Ups each Interval:
50 x .35 = 17.5… Round up to 18
Each round you’ll do 18x Push Ups every 75 Seconds. Whatever time remaining in the 75 seconds is your rest.

(2)  Rounds
35% of your Front Plank time from PRT#1
Rest 30 sec

Example:
You performed 3 minutes on the Front Plank assessment in your PRT. First, break down your time into seconds…
3 x 60 seconds = 180 seconds
180 x .35 = 63 seconds. So each round you’ll do a 63 second plank, followed by a 30 second rest, for 6 rounds.

(3) 3 Mile Run @ "Easy" Per Mile Pace using the Running Calculator and results from PRT #1

→ MTI Running Calculator

OR

1000m Swim @ Easy Pace

OR

5000m Row @ Easy Pace

 
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Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
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What about nutrition?
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