APFT Guerrilla Exercises
Source: Department of the Army Field Manual, FM 21-20 Physical Fitness Training
Guerrilla exercises, which can be used to improve agility, CR endurance, muscular endurance, and to some degree muscular strength, combine individual and partner exercises. These drills require soldiers to change their positions quickly and do various basic skills while moving forward. Figures 7-7 and 7-8 (located on next page, “Guerrilla Exercises” link) show these exercises.
The instructor decides the duration for each exercise by observing its effect on the soldiers. Depending on how vigorously it is done, each exercise should be continued for 20 to 40 seconds.
The group moves in circle formation while doing the exercises. If the platoon exceeds 30 soldiers, concentric circles may be used. A warm-up activity should precede these exercises, and a cool-down should follow them. After the circle is formed, the instructor steps into the center and issues commands.
EXERCISE AND PROGRESSION
Soldiers progress by shortening the quick-time marching periods between exercises and by doing all exercises a second time. This produces an overload that improves fitness.
Many soldiers have not had a chance to do the simple skills involved in guerrilla exercises. However, they can do these exercises easily and quickly in almost any situation.
The preparatory command is always the name of the exercise, and the command of execution is always “March.” The command “Quick time, march” ends each exercise.
For the double guerrilla exercises (in circle formation) involving two soldiers, the commands for pairing are as follows:
* “Platoon halt.”
* “From (soldier is designated), by twos, count off.” (For example: 1-2, 1-2, 1-2.)
* “Even numbers, move up behind odd numbers.” (Pairs are adjusted according to height and weight.)
* “You are now paired up for double guerrillas.” The command “Change” is given to change the soldiers’ positions.
* After the exercises are completed, the instructor halts the soldiers and positions the base soldier or platoon guide by commanding, “Base man (or platoon guide), post.” He then commands “Fall out and fall in on the base man (or platoon guide).”
View a listing of Guerrilla Exercises.
–APFT Calestinics Exercises
–APFT Conditioning Drills
–APFT Conditioning Grass Exercises
–APFT Guerrilla Exercises
–APFT Guerrilla Exercise List
–APFT Obstacle Courses
–APFT Conditioning Obstacle Courses
–APFT Confidence Obstacle Courses
–APFT Rifle Drills
–APFT Rifle Drill Exercises
–APFT Log Drills
–APFT Log Drill Exercises
–APFT Aquatic Exercise
–APFT Aquatic Exercises