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Conditioning Obstacle Courses
From: FM 7-22 October 2012
Conditioning obstacle courses are typically not standardized because of varying topographical conditions; however, individual obstacles within the conditioning course are standardized for both construction and negotiation. Commanders should use ingenuity in constructing courses, making good use of streams, hills, trees, rocks, and other natural obstacles. Since conditioning courses are run against time, they should not be made dangerous.
Conditioning courses should be developed based on the following guidelines:
  • Courses should be horseshoe-shaped with route signs and the finish close to the start.
  • Total course distance ranges from 300 to 450 yards.
  • Courses contain 15 to 25 obstacles placed 20 to 30 yards apart.
  • Obstacles are arranged so that those that exercise the same muscle groups are separated and not performed consecutively.
  • Obstacles must be solidly built with no sharp points or corners and landing pits filled with sawdust or ground tires.
  • Lanes will be wide enough for 6 to 8 Soldiers to run the course at the same time and avoid congestion.
  • Courses will be built and marked so Soldiers cannot sidestep the obstacles or detour around them.
  • To minimize the possibility of falls and injures due to fatigue, the last two or three obstacles should not be too difficult or involve high climbing.

From: FM 7-22 October 2012 

  (Page last modified Feb 2, 2013) is dedicated to providing all the information you need to conduct the Army Physical Readiness Training as an individual or with a unit.  Everything you need from FM 7-22 is right here.
Chapter 1 Approach
Chapter 2 System
Chapter 3 Leadership
Chapter 4 Types of Programs
Chapter 5 Planning Considerations
Chapter 6 Special Conditioning Programs
Chapter 7 Execution of Training
Chapter 8 Preparation and Recovery
Chapter 9 Strength and Mobility Activities
Chapter 10 Endurance and Mobility Activities
Appendix A Army Physical Fitness Test
Appendix B Climbing Bars
Appendix C Posture and Body Mechanics
Appendix D Environmental Considerations
Appendix E Obstacle Negotiation
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