FLINT TWP. — Somewhat overshadowed by the excitement of watching BMX riders and skateboarders perform gravity-defying aerial stunts, the U.S. Marine Corps brought another interesting element to the mid-April ASA High School Tour at Carman-Ainsworth High School.
In partnership with the Marines and the Anti-Defamation League, ASA Entertainment visits schools nationwide to deliver an antibullying message as part of their “No Place for Hate,’’ campaign.
The Marine challenge is mixed in with the entertainment part of the program, which was set up in the parking lot at CAHS.
Students and teachers got a sample of the rigorous Marines Physical Fitness Test (PFT) that real Marines must pass every year. The PFT includes three challenges – pullups (flexed arm hangs for females), abdominal crunches and a three-mile run, according to www.miligtary.com.
Only the pull-up/hang test was offered at the anti-bullying event. CAHS male students were invited to try to top the tour record of 40 pullups that had just been set the previous day at Lansing High School. In the Marines actual test, only 20 are required to pass the test, according to military.com.
Many well-muscled CAHS lads took a shot at the record on the exercise bar. A few young ladies also stepped up to try the flexed arm hang. The ASA tour record is 124 seconds but only 70 seconds a required to pass the Marines test.
Neither upper-body strength challenge is easy, judging by the grunts, groans and pained facial expressions made by CAHS students and teachers who took the test.