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I recently reenlisted in the Navy Reserves.  We have a PRT coming up in the spring.   Situps, pushups,  and 1.5 mile run.  I am actively working out to prepare for it by running,  pushups,  situps and aerobic style circuit exercise.   My question is when should I stop working out to give my muscles a rest to maximize my output on test day?  3 days before, 5 days, or a whole week?  Or not break the routine and just go right into test day. 

TIA,

dborn

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Definitely rest at least one day, if not two. Competitive athletes always taper before a competition - you should probably treat this the same way. A few days before you should lighten your workouts and then rest completely the day before. 

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