I'm not too worried about the old press-ups and sit-ups, I know I could improve to the requirement for those, it's just the running bit. :s
I've never been a good long-distance runner.
Yes. It's long distance compared to 200m.
I currently have several colleagues at the current No1 IOT.
One of them has completed the London Marathon in about 3hrs 45mins and before he attended IOT after Uni, he decided not to get a job but just join a gym and work really hard on his fitness for about 6 months.
Every day he was in the gym, yet when he got to IOT he still felt like he wasn't fit enough.
The fitness levels that they expect from you are high and can't be developed in a few months. It takes constant training and one of their first assessments is to compare your scores with what you obtained at OASC. If you haven't improved on this then it will be looked upon very badly.
The key is to practice all of the above over and over again. Focus on incorporating sit ups and press ups into your fitness regime so that you know what maximal effort is all about and on the day you can prove your determination.
I feel if people aren't able to reach the required fitness levels then they should be kicked. If you are unable to reach the minimum levels stated then you must be bloody unfit or just lazy!
I used to be able to get level 11 on the bleep test and piss the press ups etc when i weighed nearly 18 stone and just sat in the pub. I really don't get how people can't pass it.
I have trained for a few months now and lost a couple of stone and increased my bleep test level to 13 without killing myself and I am certainly not a runner or a gym freak!