As Soldiers prepare for the new Army Combat Fitness Test one of the events they need to prepare for is the sprint-drag-carry. There are several exercises they can do to help prepare for the event, said 1st Lt. Jason Beauregard, head of the Soldier Readiness Test and Training Program for the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
One of them is the straight-leg deadlift.
"It's one of the three primary exercises for supporting the sprint-drag-carry," he said. "It focuses on strengthening the core and the posterior chain, which is going to be essential for the actual dragging portion of the exercise as well as it strengthens the legs, specifically the hamstrings and glutes."
The key to maintaining proper form in this exercise is to not go too heavy. The idea is to just get a pull in the hamstrings, Beaufort said.