2021 Greets the New Plank and Row Portions of the PRT
Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Priestley
Navy Recruiting Command
The Navy is replacing the “curl-up” portion of its Physical Readiness Test (PRT) with the “plank,” as well as adjusting the physical health assessment (PHA) requirements. The changes improve requirements while taking into consideration current pandemic challenges.
A planks is a core strength exercise that looks much like a push-up in the raised position with the person using their feet and arms to support their weight while holding their core body straight. The main difference is using a person’s forearms rather than the palms of their hands while keeping perfectly still.
COVID-19 has brought many changes to the Navy, with one of them being the cancellation of multiple PHAs. In 2021, there will be one PHA instead of the usual two. This PRT is also introducing the plank as well as using a rowing machine as an alternative cardio option.