The USMC Combat Fitness Test and the Cybex Arc Trainer
The Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (CFT) is an extremely challenging assessment
of a Marine’s ability to withstand the “physical rigors of contemporary combat operations”
(Military.com). The test, conducted in battle dress uniform, includes an 800-yard
run, ammo can lift, and maneuver under fire sequence. Combined, these elements assess
acceleration, muscular strength and endurance, lower body power, aerobic capacity
and endurance, and aerobic and anaerobic power.
Training for this test means, in reality, preparing to enter into a combat environment,
and as such, it is no longer plausible for Marines to simply “train to pass a physical.”
Marines must have tools and resources that encourage training at the highest possible
levels with a minimum of joint stress, resulting in optimal job performance over
extended periods of time.
The Cybex Research Institute, in reviewing the CFT, recommends the Cybex
Arc Trainer as the one piece of equipment capable of delivering the highest intensity
training experience while simultaneously minimizing joint stresses typically associated
with H.I.T. applications.
Unmatched Power with Minimal Stress
The Cybex Arc Trainer is unrivalled in its ability to create a high intensity training
environment. The Arc is capable of generating an unprecedented 900 watts of power
at 180 steps per minute. These characteristics will carry over into the most arduous
More importantly, the patented design of the Arc Trainer guarantees that all forces
generated through the moving foot plates will be delivered to the body efficiently
and effectively. The result is perfectly balanced loading between the knee and hip
joints, producing optimum stimulation of lower body musculature with minimum stress
on the joints, especially the knees (ironically, elliptical trainers, while eliminating
shock, actually create high levels of patellar compressive loading, and therefore,
increase stress levels at the knee).
Unique Programming with Surprising Results
The Arc Trainer’s array of settings and programs provides stimulating workouts for
a broad class of users. At 900 watts, the Arc Trainer will challenge even the toughest
Marines, but at 50 watts, wounded warriors will find an accommodating environment
for recovery and rehabilitation.
The jewel of Arc Trainer programs, however, is its proprietary, Adaptive Power Training
mode. Adaptive Power Training is the ultimate in high intensity interval training,
the ideal method of training for the CFT. Once set, the Arc Trainer allows Marines
to engage in a variety of intervals without ever having to touch another button.
More importantly, the resistance of the Arc adapts to the input of the user. The
harder the Marine pushes, the more the Arc resists. As the Marine’s output subsides,
the Arc backs off.
The benefit of this design is that workloads will always be at the relative maximum
capacity of the Marine, without ever exceeding that capacity. If the Marine is capable
of driving hard, then the Arc will respond in kind, but as the Marine fatigues,
the Arc eases, because it’s the user who defines the workload, each step of the
The combined features of the Cybex Arc Trainer – its biomechanically superior design,
high power output, and Adaptive Power Training modality – promote training applications
that deliver exceptional results.
Independent research, done in association with the Cybex Institute for Exercise
Science, demonstrates the true power of the Arc Trainer.
These findings, and more, can be accessed through the Cybex Institute website: www.cybexinstitute.com.
- Users may train at high intensity with lower heart rate and perceived exertion than
comparable exercise on elliptical trainers
- Users consume more oxygen and generate more energy, thereby further stimulating
aerobic capacity, at comparable workloads on elliptical and adaptive motion trainers
- Biomechanically balanced workloads at the lower extremity, along with high intensity
workbouts, result in increased work capacity (in watts) and improved muscular endurance
in the legs
- High intensity training on the Arc, at sufficiently high resistance and speed, increases
lower body power and explosiveness
Because of the results of this research, and the high durability and low maintenance
requirements of the Arc, it is our considered opinion that the Cybex Arc Trainer
is uniquely capable of preparing Marines for the CFT and the rigorous demands of
live combat operations.
Cybex Research Institute