Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) FM 21-20 / TC 3-22.20 Training Info

TC 3-22.20 Appendix B – Climbing Bars

Appendix B

Climbing Bars

This appendix discusses climbing bars required for physical readiness training.


B-1. Figure B-1 shows the climbing bar layout required for toughening and sustaining phase PRT drills.


B-2. The specifications for the climbing bars follow:

    • Five posts.
      • Each of the five posts measures 6 inches square by 12 feet long.
      • Each post is sunk 3 feet into the ground.
    • Two bars.
      • Each of the two bars is a threaded water pipe.
      • Each bar measures 1.5 inches outside diameter by 12 feet long.
      • Each bar has two 1-inch deep end caps.
      • The bars are through the 6 by 6s at 7.5 and 8 feet above the ground.
  • The distance from inside post edge to inside post edge is about 62 inches (Figure B-2). This is to allow enough bar space to conduct all exercises safely.
  • The step-ups (16 inches long) are cut from 4 by 4 inches by 8-foot posts and secured to the 6 by 6s with 3-inch screws that are countersunk.
  • The step-ups on the outside 6 by 6 posts are 18 inches from the ground; the step-ups on the inside post are 24 inches above the ground (Figure B-3).


B-3. The following planning considerations apply:

  • Climbing bars provide adequate space and facilitate better command and control than traditional pull-up bars.
  • Traditional pull-up bars are too narrow to safely and efficiently conduct the CLs.
  • Use of multiple climbingbar ―pods,‖ as shown in Figure B-4, allow for efficient mass training.
  • The CLs require one bar for every three Soldiers when performed as a single activity.
  • Total ground surface area for four pods is only 625 square feet.
  • Four pods will accommodate 16 stations of 3 Soldiers per station for a total of 48 Soldiers.
  • Additional freestanding pods should be constructed to accommodate more Soldiers.

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