Physical Fitness Test (PFT) CDCR

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ATT in Manteca, California

34 months ago

onfriday in Westwood, California said: What was your PFT like, i am getting ready and would like to have a idea.

Go to the website and watch the video

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onfriday in Westwood, California

34 months ago

ATT in Manteca, California said: It was in 2011 now they changed it ... It calls PAT ... But if you are be able to do the PFT dont worry about PAT it is easier

Thanks

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yess1976 in Long Beach, California

33 months ago

Jc10 in Heber, California said: @Yess1976- Do you know if we are allowed to time ourselves with a wrist watch while we take the PFt

I don't know....my boyfriend timed me the day of the test. Where is your going to be?

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ajayme in El Centro, California

33 months ago

Jc10 in Heber, California said: Im hoping it isnt too hard...

I know right but I'm going to take Yess1976 advise and start timing myself.

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

Hi, Its really not that hard . When I took it I had to pedal a bike a keep it at a fairly high pace for (I think 5 min.) That was really the hardest part. Then they take your heart rate after a few minutes. If your heart rate is too high when they check it, you may not pass. Below is a trick I use to slow my heart beat . After that you pedal a mini bike with your hands for a few minutes keeping at a certain pace for a few min.,squeeze a device with each hand to test strength,& I think that's it. To me the hardest was the bike peddling.So here's a awesome trick!(you can freak people out with this too lol especially kids)
(This is important)While you're pedaling try to keep your breathing under control. Dont huff & puff if you can help it. That brings your heart rate up. Slow steady full breaths and exhaling at the same pace. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth .THEN...When you're done with your pedaling sit down, close your eyes and calm your breathing. Consintrate on your heart beat.visualize your heart inside you .You will feel its rhythm, Inside your mind match that pace by saying "Thump thump thump.... "(or what ever you use for a beat) a few times . Now feel your self pushing it slower, saying it just a little slower in your mind then slower and then slower. Think like a battery is dying on a moving toy .It feels weird at first cause your beat in your head is just a hair of from your real one but dont loose your concentration and visualization of your hear beat slowing down . It works great Practice doing this a few times a day. Start with just feeling and visualizing you regular heartbeat . Breath in through your nose big deep breaths & exhale through your mouth ,4 times fairly quickly. Now feel & visualize the beat. It's faster right? Now slow it down breath slower match the beat visualize,..you know the rest

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

Now the ERS is different you to run an obstacle upstairs downstairs through cones in the the gym, out the back door , around the side bacto the front ,carry two weights , set (not slam)down the weights , pick up a dummy body , drag it to the finish. in under (I think) 6 minutes .

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

Tracy in Blythe, California said: Now the ERS is different you to run an obstacle upstairs downstairs through cones in the the gym, out the back door , around the side bacto the front ,carry two weights , set (not slam)down the weights , pick up a dummy body , drag it to the finish. in under (I think) 6 minutes .

Unless they changed the names of the tests . One is before you are hired Physical Fitness Test. and the other is at the academy towards the end Emergency Response.

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cmoss76 in Chico, California

33 months ago

Tracy in Blythe, California said: Hi, Its really not that hard . When I took it I had to pedal a bike a keep...

When did you do this? This is the first I've heard of this still happening, I know that they did this a while ago, can someone who has taken it recently chime in here.

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

Tracy in Blythe, California said: Unless they changed the names of the tests . One is before you are hired Physical Fitness Test. and the other is at the academy towards the end Emergency Response.

Oh yeah I should say , I did mine back when the academy was only 6 weeks long. It might be way different now, and yes I passed

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ajayme in El Centro, California

33 months ago

Tracy, Thanks that really helps :)

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yess1976 in Long Beach, California

33 months ago

Tracy in Blythe, California said: Oh yeah I should say , I did mine back when the academy was only 6 weeks long. It might be way different now, and yes I passed

Yes the one you did its the old one now they don't do the bike one. What you call ERS now its called PFT. They have the video on their website.

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cmoss76 in Chico, California

33 months ago

I don't think that what Tracy said is done anymore, there is no mention of it on the website. I am taking mine tomorrow and will report back.

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

cmoss76 in Chico, California said: When did you do this? This is the first I've heard of this still happening, I know that they did this a while ago, can someone who has taken it recently chime in here.

If you are in the academy already then the latter part is your test and it sounds like the same test. Someone said 5 minutes , I think thats right.

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

The first one I was talking about is done when they are hiring you. Part of the hiring process.The other is after you are hired and in the academy.

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

ajayme in El Centro, California said: Tracy, Thanks that really helps :)

No prob . did you try it?

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ajayme in El Centro, California

33 months ago

cmoss76 in Chico, California said: I don't think that what Tracy said is done anymore, there is no mention of it on the website. I am taking mine tomorrow and will report back.

@cmoss76 Good Luck!! And keep us posted for us who still have some doubt about how the test will be like

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ajayme in El Centro, California

33 months ago

Tracy in Blythe, California said: No prob . did you try it?

I have my test in less than 2 weeks 11/20

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

Tracy in Blythe, California said: No prob . did you try it?

Oh yeah dont wear any rings .It makes it harder to grip the dumb bells, because of the weight it pulls and pinches.

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

ajayme in El Centro, California said: I have my test in less than 2 weeks 11/20

Good luck . You'll do fine.

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ajayme in El Centro, California

33 months ago

Tracy in Blythe, California said: Good luck . You'll do fine.

Thanks!!

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Tracy in Blythe, California

33 months ago

ajayme in El Centro, California said: I have my test in less than 2 weeks 11/20

I meant the breathing thing ,lol

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cmoss76 in Chico, California

33 months ago

The only thing you have to do is what is listed on the site which is the 500 yards, stairs, obstacles and weights and you have to complete it in 5 min. 35 sec, I just got home from it and there was no bike or heart rate monitoring. It's really easy, I didn't see anyone fail. They didn't tell us our time but I couldn't have been much more then 4 minutes and I'm a big guy but I'm in good shape. The only advice I can give is to not burn yourself out on the run, a jog will get you to the weights around 3.5 minutes, the weights really slowed some people down especially the smaller girls.

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Jc10 in Heber, California

33 months ago

cmoss76 in Chico, California said: The only thing you have to do is what is listed on the site which is the 500 yards, stairs, obstacles and weights and you have to complete it in 5 min. 35 sec, I just got home from it and there was no bike or heart rate monitoring. It's really easy, I didn't see anyone fail. They didn't tell us our time but I couldn't have been much more then 4 minutes and I'm a big guy but I'm in good shape. The only advice I can give is to not burn yourself out on the run, a jog will get you to the weights around 3.5 minutes, the weights really slowed some people down especially the smaller girls.

Do we go in groups when we do the PFT or individually?

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cmoss76 in Chico, California

33 months ago

Long line of everyone then they send someone every 30 seconds. You can pass the person in front of you if you need to.

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Jc10 in Heber, California

33 months ago

cmoss76 in Chico, California said: Long line of everyone then they send someone every 30 seconds. You can pass the person in front of you if you need to.

Do they have enough weights for each runner? What happens if someone is using the weights you need ? Do you have to wait for them? I

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cmoss76 in Chico, California

33 months ago

Jc10 in Heber, California said: Do they have enough weights for each runner? What happens if someone is using the weights you need ? Do you have to wait for them? I

They have like 4 sets for each weight group so you won't run into any problems. Unless 3 people in front of you are dreadfully slow and at that point I'm sure would be told they don't have a chance and to get out of the way.

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lettygonzalez4@*****.***

33 months ago

I also have my PFT on 11/20 at 12:30p.m. Yess76 I live in paramount can you tell me what location would be perfect to practice?

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lettygonzalez4@*****.***

33 months ago

Yess1976 in Long Beach, California said: Yes I took it in May 2013 and yes I passed. It does look easy on the video but it's not the case unless you're an athlete. You should practice. Where are you in California? Because if anyone is intersted I have the perfect place that has stairs and I have everything measured for the weights and I'm willing to go practice with you but you have to bring ur weights cause I don't have them. I'm in long beach b

Hi Yess76 I also have my test on 11/20 at 12:30p.m. and would like to know the perfect location that you have so I can go practice?

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yess1976 in Long Beach, California

33 months ago

lettygonzalez4@yahoo.com said: Hi Yess76 I also have my test on 11/20 at 12:30p.m. and would like to know the perfect location that you have so I can go practice?

I'm in long beach and I go to the beach. I'm willing to go with u. But u need to bring ur own weights, the ones I had used were just borrowed.

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lettygonzalez4@*****.***

33 months ago

Yess1976 in Long Beach, California said: I'm in long beach and I go to the beach. I'm willing to go with u. But u need to bring ur own weights, the ones I had used were just borrowed.

Perfect do you know where I can buy 45lbs weights I have looked for some but I've had no luck. When do you have time?

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yess1976 in Long Beach, California

33 months ago

lettygonzalez4@yahoo.com said: Perfect do you know where I can buy 45lbs weights I have looked for some but I've had no luck. When do you have time?

Big 5 has them. I'm available after work in the evenings. Email me yessi1976@yahoo.com

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Letty4 in Paramount, California

33 months ago

Yess1976 in Long Beach, California said: Big 5 has them. I'm available after work in the evenings. Email me yessi1976@yahoo.com

Got it I will email you right now..

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Jc10 in Heber, California

33 months ago

Hey do you guys know when we need the paperwork for the visions test? Do we need to bring that paper at the pft or it's needed on another portion of the hiring process ?

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EasyDoesIt! in Los Angeles, California

33 months ago

mike in Los Angeles, California said: Its easy they have you run and then you yump over blocks and then you up to a 2story building stair u go up and down the stair then you get out the building and there will be some dumb bells hat you have to carry

Hi! I'm taking my PFT tomorrow, just wondering if the weights are exactly how they look in the video. The weights seem like they have another bar at the top, which are easier to hold and run with. Regular dumbbells just have the bar in the middle but the ones in the video have another bar at the top...

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EasyDoesIt! in Los Angeles, California

33 months ago

cmoss76 in Chico, California said: They have like 4 sets for each weight group so you won't run into any problems. Unless 3 people in front of you are dreadfully slow and at that point I'm sure would be told they don't have a chance and to get out of the way.

Hi! I'm taking my PFT tomorrow, just wondering if the weights are exactly how they look in the video. The weights seem like they have another bar at the top, which are easier to hold and run with. Regular dumbbells just have the bar in the middle but the ones in the video have another bar at the top...

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cmoss76 in Chico, California

33 months ago

They are exactly the same, they are regular dumb bells with a metal bar welded to the top of them. That was in Galt though I'm not sure if you are testing at the same facility since you are down in SoCal. Good Luck! It's fairly easy if you are in any sort of decent shape you should be fine, just pace yourself on the run and save some energy for the weights.

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Arod75 in Fontana, California

33 months ago

EasyDoesIt! in Los Angeles, California said: Hi! I'm taking my PFT tomorrow, just wondering if the weights are exactly how they look in the video. The weights seem like they have another bar at the top, which are easier to hold and run with. Regular dumbbells just have the bar in the middle but the ones in the video have another bar at the top...

I'm probly too late to answer but the weights r actually kettle bells...

So it's kinda easier to hold...

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EasyDoesIt! in Indio, California

33 months ago

Arod75 in Fontana, California said: I'm probly too late to answer but the weights r actually kettle bells...

So it's kinda easier to hold...

Yeah just a bit, thanks though took it 11/20.. & you're right kettle balls were easier to grip than dumbbells..

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chaotic in Ontario, California

33 months ago

How did everyone do ? Was it super hard ? Or easier then you expected?

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Cynthia in South Gate, California

33 months ago

lettygonzalez4@yahoo.com said: I also have my PFT on 11/20 at 12:30p.m. Yess76 I live in paramount can you tell me what location would be perfect to practice?

How was it? Did you pass it?

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cryssam in Chowchilla, California

32 months ago

I am female 5'3 135 pds 35 yrs old, I clean houses for a living so I am active daily and run occasionally,started running a few mths ago to prepare for the pft. I have small hands and wrists,my legs are probably stronger than my upper body. I took the PFT a week ago and failed basically because of the 45 pd kettle bells,they are very heavy if your small and not used to carrying weight that way, remember all the weight is pulling straight down and after running it may seem heavier + the anxiety/nervousness you may have, the distance is 50 yards for the 45's, I was on my way back when my hands started to sweat and I could no longer maintain grip and that's where the trouble started, the kettle bell handles are smooth metal and fat if you have small hands so I would definitely start practicing carrying 45 weights the same way, you are only allowed to hold them down at your sides, you can switch hands when you are just doing the one. I recommend gloves as well just in case your hands get sweaty that was not something I expected and It really sucked and made it almost impossible for me although there was other small girls that made it so I'm sure the upper body strength was an issue because i did not train with free weights I have a flex rod weight machine very different in the way the weight will be distributed so better to be safe than sorry! I plan on wearing a small rubber watch band next time but Im going to up my running and start using dumbbells several days a week and simulate the course the best I can so I will pass next time, failing sucked! But there was A LOT of people that failed, (several passed too), but don't take it too lightly.

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cdcrhopefull in Bakersfield, California

32 months ago

cryssam in Chowchilla, California said: I am female 5'3 135 pds 35 yrs old, I clean houses for a living so I am active daily and run occasionally,started running a few mths ago to prepare for the pft. I have small hands and wrists,my legs are probably stronger than my upper body. I took the PFT a week ago and failed basically because of the 45 pd kettle bells,they are very heavy if your small and not used to carrying weight that way, remember all the weight is pulling straight down and after running it may seem heavier + the anxiety/nervousness you may have, the distance is 50 yards for the 45's, I was on my way back when my hands started to sweat and I could no longer maintain grip and that's where the trouble started, the kettle bell handles are smooth metal and fat if you have small hands so I would definitely start practicing carrying 45 weights the same way, you are only allowed to hold them down at your sides, you can switch hands when you are just doing the one. I recommend gloves as well just in case your hands get sweaty that was not something I expected and It really sucked and made it almost impossible for me although there was other small girls that made it so I'm sure the upper body strength was an issue because i did not train with free weights I have a flex rod weight machine very different in the way the weight will be distributed so better to be safe than sorry! I plan on wearing a small rubber watch band next time but Im going to up my running and start using dumbbells several days a week and simulate the course the best I can so I will pass next time, failing sucked! But there was A LOT of people that failed, (several passed too), but don't take it too lightly.

Hey Cryssam,

To help strengthen you hands mix up your training with hold 45 pound plates and walking with them. It will increase your finger strength. I am sure you will pass the next time around.

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cryssam in Chowchilla, California

32 months ago

:) Thank you I appreciate the response/help, I got some dumbbells for now and I noticed that's where my biggest weakness was, at my fingers/hands so I definitely will be working on that, Thanks!

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chaotic in Ontario, California

32 months ago

Passed my pft yesterday! :)

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Cdcrhopefull in Bakersfield, California

32 months ago

chaotic in Ontario, California said: Passed my pft yesterday! :)

Good job. Easier then you thought?

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chaotic in Ontario, California

32 months ago

Yes it was easier then I thought but still tough. It was fun and everyone was encouraging.

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chaotic in Ontario, California

32 months ago

Oh.. fyi no gloves allowed while doing pft.

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onfriday in Westwood, California

31 months ago

Thanks for every ones help. Passed did and live scan on the 10th, passed pft on the 11th.

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Jessica828497 in Sacramento, California

30 months ago

I am taking the PFT on Sat 2/8 in Galt. It is supposed to be raining. I was just wondering if they will cancel or let us wear gloves so the weights aren't slippery? I am nervous about the test already and the rain will work against me I'm sure.

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Cdcrhopefull in Bakersfield, California

30 months ago

Jessica828497 in Sacramento, California said: I am taking the PFT on Sat 2/8 in Galt. It is supposed to be raining. I was just wondering if they will cancel or let us wear gloves so the weights aren't slippery? I am nervous about the test already and the rain will work against me I'm sure.

When I did mine it was 30 degs and foggy. No gloves where allowed. Our kettle bells had rubber handles. If is raining it won't matter by the time you get to the weights you will be nice and sweaty so your hand will be wet any way.

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