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Anytime Fitness on West Edgewood Drive will host a practice run of the Army Combat Fitness Test on Saturday.

The event is 9 a.m.-noon and open to the public, rain or shine. Missouri National Guard recruiters will be on hand to demonstrate and grade the events.

“This is an opportunity for the public to see if they have what it takes to be a soldier,” said SSG Blake Crowley, one of the Guard recruiters for the event. “It’s designed to test our soldiers on real-world strength and endurance.”

The ACFT, announced in 2019, is replacing the fitness test the Army has been using for decades. The new test consists of six events: the 3-rep-max deadlift, a standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, a sprint/drag/carry for time, hanging leg tucks and a 2-mile run. Each event is scored on a 0-100 scale, allowing participants to gauge their strengths and weaknesses. Soldiers from the Guard will be on hand to score the ACFT and provide information to interested recruits.

Anytime Fitness is using the event to raise money for Combat Boots and High Heels, a 501(c)(3) charity that supports veterans throughout the area. A $10 donation is suggested to participate but not required.

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