After clearing the vault and landing in control, it's common to land sideways (parallel to the bar) when doing the front fall. If possible (you'll have to clarify with your test administrator), try facing forward when performing your front falls, rather than sideways. That way...

There's a misconception that you need to use your arms to push yourself up and over the bar when it comes to the vault jump. I can see that point of view, but it's not the most effective way of going over the bar. When jumping...

Clearing the mat jump in the PARE test or POPAT test is challenging, especially when running 6 laps of the obstacle course and feeling gassed. The added pressure of a penalty when you touch the mat doesn't help matters either. Most people will try to land...

The mat jump, or the long jump, in the PARE and POPAT test is a challenge for many (particularly the POPAT mat, which is 6 feet in length). Failure to clear the mat, or continually touching it on takeoff, will result in a time penalty for...

The pull is generally the easier part of the machine to perform in comparison to the push. Just cause it's easier, doesn't mean it doesn't have its challenges. Particularly the initial pull when lifting the weights. Most people treat it like an actual pull, where they...

The 18" hurdles looks straightforward; you jump over one, take a few steps, and jump over another. In the first few laps, they still don't seem too bad. But as fatigue sets in, the jumps start getting sloppier and sloppier. One reason for the sloppiness? It's...

By comparison, the pull rotations are generally easier to perform than the push. Which is precisely why you're more likely to make a mistake. How do you figure? Because it's easier, there's a tendency to lose focus and relax at the wrong time. This typically happens at...

The 3 foot vault poses a problem for many people. On video it doesn't look like much. It doesn't sound like much either when you hear 3 feet. But when seen in person, it looks anything but easy. People start conjuring up images of things going wrong...

Pacing is a topic I bring up often with Redliners, and anyone looking for advice and tips for the test. And the reason I bring it up often is because of its importance to your performance. When done right, pacing will yield your desired performance. When...

The stairs can be a big energy suck, if done poorly. Done in conjunction with not pacing your laps, it becomes an even bigger energy suck. As simple as it looks, don't let it fool you. How you go up and over can determine how much...