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Are you fit enough for the FBI? Test yourself with the official app

Train like an agent with this physical fitness testing tool

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Manufacturer: FBI
Review Version: 1.1.5
Price: Free
Platform: iOS and Android

When you were a kid, like many other people, did you dream of being in one of the US Special services such as the CIA or FBI? Problem is, you have to be extremely fit. Well, now with the latest official app from the FBI, you can really find out what it takes to pass the FBI fitness test in order to join the bureau.

When you use the app, you can either enter a practice or test mode.  The practice mode allows you to get used to the workouts in any order you want, and you are given scores for each workout once completed. The test mode takes you through a mock FBI physical test, so you can simulate the entire experience including exercise order, rest time and testing scores. The FBI labels it as an informative and interactive way to train like an agent.

You can watch videos which demonstrate the correct form and procedure for each exercise which is part of the test, all performed by actual FBI fitness trainers. The app also enables usage of your devices GPS in order to get a more accurate result for your test.

The exercises which special agent candidates must pass include performing as many sit-ups as you can within a minute, as many push-ups as you can manage before exhaustion, a 300-meter sprint as fast as possible, followed by a 1.5-mile run in the fastest possible time. The app gives you the same workout and you can see how you perform against an official FBI candidate. If you smash the four workouts, then you could consider joining the FBI.


Remember, there are certain expectation levels. The FBI regards a push-up as to the floor (and if you don’t perform it correctly, it doesn’t count), so if you manage 20, in the real test it might be as few as 13 push-ups. You’re also given 5 minutes between each routine, which is just enough to recover, before you hit it hard again. Remember, the intention is to complete as many sit-ups in a minute as possible. This isn’t 10 sit-ups. You need to be closer to 40. The 1.5-mile run should be close to a sprint, not a jog.

The next level is the Hostage Rescue Team, where you are also required to complete pull-ups as part of the test! We recently covered why you should add a pull-up to your workout.

The app is easy to navigate and means you can exercise like a pro anywhere and everywhere with the app available on Android and iOS devices. The app is a really cool concept and the idea that you can test yourself against some of the best out there. And if you are genuinely an inspiring agent, you can really find out what you’re in for!

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Alex is the co-founder of Short Motivation and currently resides in Texas, heading up the US part of the website. He's busy with his PT qualifications and in the planning stages of Short Motivation events across the US later this year.