Special Forces PT Test (Upper Body Round Robin)


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The Upper Body Round Robin AKA the UBRR is a commonly used physical fitness test among many Tier I and Tier II Special Operations Units.  This pt test goes well beyond the typical scoring of pushups, sit-ups and a run.  Have you completed the UBRR?  Tell us how you did!  Send us a video of you completing the workout for a chance to get some free swag!

The UBRR events include:

Bench Press

Pushups

Situps

Pull-ups

Dips

Rope Climb

Kipp Up

Shuttle Run

5 Mile Run/Ruck

UBRR SCORING SYSTEM

Special Instruction:

As soon as an individual finishes one exercise, he must start the next exercise in no more than 10 minutes.

There is only one common standard for all age groups.

Only one attempt is allowed per participant at each station

In order to pass the UBRR, participants must achieve the following:

Pass all events with at least the minimum score, and Receive at least 1100 total points from all the events combined.

 

Bench press:

Time:  No time limit.

Minimum: 6 repetitions with the individuals body weight minus 20 percent of the individuals body weight is the minimum

Score:  The minimum is 100 points.  Each additional repetition above the minimum is worth 3 points

The correct position is:  The individual will lay flat (supine) on the bench, feet flat on the floor, shoulder blades, head, and buttocks in contact with the bench.  Hands are approximately shoulder width apart.

A correct repetition is:  On the command, “Go”, the bar is pushed off the supports (first repetition only), and arms are extended fully to the locked position.  Then the bar is lowered until it touches the chest, and then raised until the arms are fully extended, elbows locked.

Grader position:  The grader must be located to one side of the individual doing the exercise to ensure the feet stay flat on the floor, the buttocks, shoulder blades and head stay in contact with the bench, and the arms fully extended.  The grader will notify the individual doing the exercise if the feet, buttocks, shoulder blades, or head lift do not maintain contact, or the arms don’t fully extend.  The repetition will not be counted after the second notification.

Example:            Individual weighs 180 pounds.

Minimum weight:  180lbs-36lbs (20% of 180) = 144 lbs

Individual presses 144 lbs 15 times.

Score = 100 points for minimum (6repetitions)

9 repetitions over minimum x 3 points per repetition for a total of 27 additional points (9 x 3 = 27).  Total score is 127 (100 points minimum and 27 points for additional points).

Push-ups:

Time:  1 minute

Minimum:  40 pushups is the minimum

Score:  The minimum is 100 points.  Each additional repetition above the minimum is worth 2 points

The correct position is:  The back is generally straight, feet are up to 12 inches apart, hands are placed should width apart with arms extended and locked on a generally flat surface

A correct repetition is:  On the command, “Go”, the body is lowered from the front leaning rest position until the chest (sternum area) touches a flat hand on the floor, then the body is raised until the arms are fully extended (locked).

Grader position:  The grader will have one hand on the floor and the other on one elbow of the individual doing the exercise.  The grader will notify the individual doing the exercise if he needs to go lower or extend the arms fully, and will not count the repetition after the second notification

Stew Smith Push up

 

Sit-ups:

Time:  1 minute

Minimum:  40 sit-ups is the minimum

Score:  The minimum is 100 points.  Each additional repetition above the minimum is worth 3 points

The correct position is:  The individual lies flat (supine) on his back on a generally flat surface.  The legs should have a 90 degree bend at the knees.  Feet should be flat on the floor with no more than 12 inches in between them, and at the same level as the upper body.  Fingers should be interlaced (one or more and at any part of the finger) and placed behind the head.

A correct repetition is:  On the command “Go” the individual raises his upper body by bending at the pelvis until the spine (base of the neck) breaks or equals the vertical plane (lower spine).  Then he lowers his body until the shoulder blades touch the floor.  The person holding the feet may secure them by any means, but will not be in the way or assist in the repetition.

Grader position:  The grader will be positioned perpendicular to the individual doing the exercise.  The grader will notify the individual doing the exercise if he needs to go higher or interlace the fingers and will not count the repetition after the second notification.

 

Pull-ups:

Time:  No time limit

Minimum:  6 pull-ups is the minimum

Score:  The minimum is 100 points.  Each additional repetition above the minimum is worth 3.5 points

The correct position is:  The bar will be grasped with hands shoulder width apart, knuckles facing the individual.  The individual will hang from the bar so that the arms are fully extended (starting position).

A correct position is:  On the command “Go”, pull with the arms, raising the body until the chin is higher than the bar (head can be level or tilted back).  Then the individual will lower his body until he is hanging with arms fully extended.  The knees may be bent so the feet are behind the body, but the knees cannot come up in the front or kip in any way that would assist in the repetition.

Grader position:  The grader will stand 18 inches in front of the person doing the exercise and will count out loud.  If the individual touches the grader with any part of this body, that repetition will not count.  The grader will notify the individual doing the exercise if he needs to go higher or lock the arms, and will not count the repetition after the first notification.

Stud Pull Up Bar works great for the test/training

 

Dips:

Time:  No time limit.

Minimum:  10 dips is the minimum

Score:  The minimum is 100 points.  Each additional repetition above the minimum is worth 2.5 points

The correct position is:  The body will be fully supported on the dip bar, arms fully extended and locked.  Legs may be bent or straight, and feet may be crossed.

A correct repetition is:  On the command “Go”, lower the body until the upper arms are parallel with the dip bar, and then press upwards with the arms until the arms are fully extended, elbows locked.

Grader position:    The grader will be positioned to one side of the individual to ensure the upper arms are at least parallel with the dip bar in the lower position, and the arms become fully locked in the up position.  The grader will notify the individual if he fails the go low enough, or if the elbows don’t lock.  He will not count the repetition after the second notification.

 

Rope climb:

Time: No time limit

Minimum:  Individual mist climb the rope (using any technique) until he can touch the designate height (the green tape at 20 feet) on the rope.  Individual will wear a 20 lb vest during this exercise.

Score:  This is a GO/NO GO event, and no points will be awarded.

 Kipp-up

Time:  One minute time limit

Minimum:  Six kipp ups is the minimum.

Score:  The minimum is 100 points.  Each additional repetition above the minimum is worth 3.5 points

The correct position is:  The individual will position himself underneath the pull-up bar as if he were doing a regular pull-up.  Do a left or right facing movement so the pull-up bar is now perpendicular to the individual.  Grasp the bar with palms facing each other, no more than 5” apart, arms fully extended and body hanging without touching the ground.

The correct repetition is:  On the command, “Go”, pull up with the arms and torso, raising the feet and legs, one leg on either side of the bar, until the heels touch above the bar, with the bar between the legs.  Then lower the legs until the arms and legs are fully extend in the starting position.  This is one repetition.

Grader position:  The grader will be located to one side or the other of the individual to ensure the arms and legs are fully extended to start each repetition.  The grader will also ensure that the heels touch above the bar on each repetition.  The grader will notify the individual if the individual fails to fully extend the arms or legs or fails to touch the heels above the bar.  He will not count the repetition after the second notification.

 

Shuttle Run:

Time:  24 seconds is the maximum time

Score:  The maximum is worth 100 points.  Each full 0.1 second under the maximum is worth 2 points.

A correct course is:  The course will be a pre-marked 25 meter running lane that is flat and without obstructions.  Easily visible lines on the ground will indicate the starting point and the 25 meter point.

A correct shuttle run is:  On the command “Go”, the individual doing the exercise will leave the start point and run down to the far end of the course, pick up a block, return to the start point and put that block down behind the line.  Then he will pick up a different block, return to the far end, put that block down behind the line, pick up a different block and return to the starting line.  The blocks must be placed behind the lines and carried by hand.

Grader position:  The grader will be positioned behind the starting line, and must use a watch that measures tenths of a second.

Example:            Individual’s time = 22.4 seconds

Time is 24 seconds or less (maximum) = 100 points

Total time under 24 seconds is sixteen 1/10th second increments

Score = 100 (maximum time) + (16 x 2) for tenths of a second

under the maximum for a total score of 132 points

 

Five Mile Run:

Time:  Maximum time is 40 minutes

Score:  The maximum is worth 100 points.  Every full 5 second increment under the maximum time is worth 2 points

A correct course is:  The course will be 5 miles in distance, with a paved (or similar) surface, generally flat and without obstacles.  The start and finish line will be the same.

A correct five mile run is:  On the command “Go”, the individual will begin to run at his own pace, and continue through the course until he crosses the finish line.  This exercise must be completed

Grader position:  The grader will be located at the start/finish line, and will begin the time at the command “Go”.  He will call off the finish times as runners cross the finish line, and he will not stop his watch until the last runner has completed the run.

 

Example:            Individuals time = 36:17

Time is 40 minutes or less (maximum) = 100 points

Total time under 40 minutes is 223 seconds

44 full 5 second increments x 2 points per increment = 88 points

(22 x 3 = 88)

Score = 100 (maximum time) + 88 (points for 5 second increments) for a total

Score of 188 points.

5 Mile Run

 

OR

 

Five Mile Rucksack March: 

Time:  The maximum time is 75 minutes

Score:  The maximum score is worth 100 points.  Every full time increment of 15 seconds under the maximum is worth 2 points.

Equipment:  The rucksack must weigh no less than 40 pounds dry.  Uniform can be pants or shorts with boots.

A correct course is:  The course will be 5 miles in distance, with a hard, solid surface, generally flat without obstacles.  The start and finish line will be the same.

A correct five mile rucksack march is:  Individual will begin at the start line, and at the command “Go”, will begin the ruckmarch at his own pace and continue through the course until he crosses the finish line.  This entire exercise must be completed with the rucksack, and un-aided.  Running is authorized.

Grader position:  The grader will be located at the start/finish line, and will start the time at the command “Go”.  He will call off the times as participants cross the finish line, and he will not stop the time until the last individual completes the rucksack march.

 

Example:            Individuals time is 52 minutes 35 seconds.

Time is 75 minutes or less (maximum) = 100 points

Total time under 75 minutes is 22 minutes and two 15 full seconds

22 minutes x 4 (15 second increments) = 88 + 1 (15 full second)

89 x 2 = 178

Score of 178 points

 

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  • greg

    40 pushups, 46 situps, 29 pull ups, 13 dips, pass rope, 22.6 shuttle run, 23 push press 35#’s, 23 knee to elbow, 34:58 5 mile run

    • RE Factor Tactical

      Awesome job Greg! That is a very impressive score.

  • J

    40 pushups but 29 pull ups? Need video evidence.

  • Joe Gunter

    J’s right. No way 40 pushups and 29 pullups.

  • D

    In Greg’s defense, there is a time limit to the pushups, while the pull-up challenge doesn’t have one.

  • Neff

    I’m going to do this until I get tier 1 results!

  • Cappy

    The KIPP’s are what kill me. Knees to elbows are easy compared to the them

    • RE Factor Tactical

      Kipps are no joke! Those always kill me on the test but if you can do more than 10 you are doing great. One of the keys is not extending your arms, although depending on who is administering the test they may make you do it every time.

  • Cappy

    Can someone explain the Ruck march scoring? The way it is explained and then the example given don’t seem to match up. I would think it is 189pts

  • Cappy

    I shouldnt try and do math after the test……Is there 100 points awarded for completing the ruck march under 75 and then as in the example a bonus of 178 added to that for a total of 278?

    • RE Factor Tactical

      Cappy, what was your time under? For ever 15 seconds under give yourself 2 points. That’s 8 points a minute. So if you were 5 minutes under you would get 40 points which would be added to your 100 points (given automatically for making the allotted time), for a total score of 140.

  • Curious

    What is a typical tier one score on this evaluation? either combined or individual events.

    • RE Factor Tactical

      A solid score is anything about 1400 points. I have yet to hear of someone getting 1500+ points.

  • Jay

    So what would considered a passing/good/great total score? obviously just getting minimum is passing but how is it graded pass doing the minimum required? like the standard APFT were a 300 is max but only a 280 is required to be considered for SFAS. are the events graded seperately or are the scores combined for one total score?

    • RE Factor Tactical

      It varies for the different Special Mission Units/schools out there. The min passing score for some is 900, 100 points in each event. At SF SLC (soldier leaders course) the minimum passing is 1100 points. This means you need to get the min in each event as well as getting 200 more points somewhere in the other events.

  • Mike Paris

    At my training center we have a mental toughness monday 225 bench for 100 reps 225 squat for 100 reps and 100 pulllups and u have 45 minutes to do it.

    i havent completed it yet i went 100 squat 100 pullups 97 bench

    • RE Factor Tactical

      That sounds bad ass, what is the time limit on that?

  • Brian

    Hey guys, what if we don’t have a rope readily available? I am at Shaw and my training partner are both going to tackle this but we need to know if there is something to sub for a rope. We have a pole at a local park on base that is about 20-25 ft high that we can climb up and down three or four times without stopping (no feet to add to the effect) if that would work. Any other suggestions?

    • RE Factor Tactical

      A common replacement is to use a towel and do towel pull-ups instead. One rope climb is equal to about 5 towel pull-ups. Just take a towel, throw it over a bar and then begin doing pull-ups. It’s not exactly the same but activates some of the same muscles.

      • Brian

        Thanks! We will give this a try. We are in good with the Fire Department on base now and they might have a rope, we should find out tomorrow. If not we will do the towel trick. Hoping to do this next Friday! We will be sure to video each event too!

  • Stew

    Hey guys this seems like a really fun and easy test to run.

    I have recently been doing the 100 rep challenge that I created and this seems even more fun compared to that. Good work Greg. As for the Pushups It is not impossible.

    I will post my time soon.

    Until then I’d be interested to see what time you guys post for

    100 pushups
    100 situps
    100 squats
    100 22.2pound overhead plate press

    maximum rest between is 2 minutes. The aim is go go as fast as you can keeping the reps clean.

    Cheers Stew

    • RE Factor Tactical

      Stew, I think we will have to give that a shot. I have done a similar workout which is:

      100 Pullups
      100 Pushups
      100 Situps
      100 Squats

      This is a cont. exercise. So far my best time is right around 17 min which is nothing to write home about. I will have to give your version a test next What is your time on that?

  • Herrick

    I just email my commander about using this, I love it.

  • Stew

    My times vary from attempt to attempt due to other training at the time but I tend to get between 2minutes and 3 minutes for each.
    50 reps are no problem and are often below the minute mark but fatigue sets in after that so I tend to do 50,20,15,10,5 as the break down with some pause in between.

    Given the difficulty of chin ups I’d say 17minutes is something to write about, as I am sure you are aware this is still far better than what most manage to achieve.

  • Gyrosummers

    Going through SFAS. Scored a 1086 on this scoring system with a 60lb ruck for the march, and an IOTV with all plates and gear on the rope climb.

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  • Nikki

    My husband is just about to go through this on Monday! I’ll see if he might add some insight on here for you!

  • paul

    This looks fun to do, im leaveing start of august for the military (18x) ill be sure to post my results. As for sending a video of each set plus the rest time, well that seems like it would take all of my phones memory ha

    • paul

      Did a quick run of the test. Obviously I have areas to work on and get extra points but as of right now my score is the following

      bench press(135lbs)
      36 reps = +90

      pushups
      54 reps= +28

      sit ups
      43 reps= +9

      Pull ups
      20reps= +49

      dips
      48reps= +95

      Kipp up
      14reps= +28

      Shuttle run
      18.1secs= +118

      5 mile run
      37:05= +70

      Total score-1287

  • ilandjive

    Bench 21 reps, p/u 69, s/u 58, pull ups 14, rope (GO), dips 20, kipp ups 10, shuttle 20.88, 5 miler 37:04 not sure how they calculated the runs but total score given was 1186.5. I kind of took it easy before the run but I’d rather ruck then run the hills. LOL!