YouTuber and active duty U.S. Navy sailor Austen Alexander regularly invites athletes, bodybuilders and influencers onto his channel to put their functional fitness through its paces via a series of rigorous military fitness tests. In his most recent video, Alexander is joined by former Olympic swimmer, gold medalist and world record breaker Markus Rogan. He challenges Rogan to take on the U.S. Navy SEALs physical screening test (PST), which comprises five events:
Rogan starts off with what should arguably be the easiest part of the challenge; the swim, consisting of 10 x 50-yard laps, which he completes in 5:49. The minimum required time is 12:30, and 8:00 is considered a “competitive” score, so he’s off to a flying start.
The second round is 2 minutes of pushups, with 50 reps needed to pass. Rogan ends up beating Alexander here, completing 83 reps to Alexander’s 69. Following a 2-minute rest, they move onto the third test: situps, which has the same minimum of 50 reps in 2 minutes for a passing score. Rogan passes this round too, with 73 situps.
The fourth event is pullups, with an overhand grip. There is no time limit on this portion of the test, Rogan must perform his reps to failure. This is the first time that Rogan really struggles, and he is only able to complete 9 pullups, one rep short of the minimum score.
After a 10-minute rest, it’s time for the fifth and final event in the PST: a 1.5-mile run, where a time of 10:30 or less is required to pass. Rogan crosses the finish line at 9:45.
“I’m a little bit jealous of this guy,” says Alexander. “I’m a very competitive person. Obviously he’s beat me on the swim, beat me on the pushups, probably beat me on the situps, probably beat me on the run… This guy is a machine.”
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