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Push Up Test
• Purpose: measures upper body strength and endurance.
• Equipment required: floor mat, stopwatch.
• Procedure: A standard push up begins with the hands and toes
touching the floor, the body and legs in a straight line, feet
slightly apart, the arms at shoulder width apart, extended and
at a right angles to the body.
• Keeping the back and knees straight, the subject lowers the
body to a predetermined point, or until there is a 90-degree
angle at the elbows, then returns back to the starting position
with the arms extended.
• This action is repeated, and test continues until exhaustion, or
until have reached the target number of push-ups.
• Scoring: Record the number of correctly completed push-
• Target population: the push up test is commonly used as
a general test of strength. There are some sports in which
upper body strength is particularly important.
• Advantages: this test is easy and quick to perform,
usually requiring minimal or inexpensive equipment.
Many subjects can be tested at once.
Men Age: 20-29 Age: 30-39 Age: 40-49 Age: 50-59 Age: 60+
Excellent 54 or more 44 or more 39 or more 34 or more 29 or more
Good 45-54 35-44 30-39 25-34 20-29
Average 35-44 24-34 20-29 15-24 10-19
Poor 20-34 15-24 12-19 8-14 5-9
Very Poor 20 or fewer 15 or fewer 12 or fewer 8 or fewer 5 or fewer
Women Age: 20-29 Age: 30-39 Age: 40-49 Age: 50-59 Age: 60+
Excellent 48 or more 39 or more 34 or more 29 or more 19 or more
Good 34-48 25-39 20-34 15-29 5-19
Average 17-33 12-24 8-19 6-14 3-4
Poor 6-16 4-11 3-7 2-5 1-2
Very Poor 6 or fewer 4 or fewer 3 or fewer 2 or fewer 1 or fewer
Maximal Push-up Norms
• Purpose: This test measures upper body strength and endurance.
• Equipment required: gymnastics parallel bars, or similar gym
• Scoring: The score is the total number of dips performed in 60
• Target population: sports in which upper body strength is
• Comments: It's important that arm is bent to at least a right angle,
though any more than this will result in premature fatiguing.
• Procedure: The aim of this test is to do as many dips as
possible in one minute.
• The subject starts in the up position, with the arms straight
and elbows fully locked.
• One complete dip is performed by bending the arms and
lowering the body until the elbows are bent to at least a
right angle, then pushing back up to the starting position.
• Resting in the up position is allowed.
Curl Up / Sit-Up / Crunch Test
• Purpose: abdominal muscular strength and
endurance of the abdominals and hip-flexors, is
important for back support and core stability.
• Equipment required: flat, clean, cushioned
• Sit-up technique: The subject lies on a cushioned, flat, clean surface with knees flexed, usually at 90 degrees.
• Some techniques may specify how far the feet are from the buttocks.• A partner may assist by anchoring the feet to the ground. • The position of the hands and arms can affect the difficulty of the test. • They are generally not placed behind the head as this encourages the
subject to stress the neck and pull the head forward. • The hand may be placed by the side of the head, or the arms crossed over
the chest, reaching out in front. • The subject raises the trunk in a smooth motion, keeping the arms in
position, curling up the desired amount. • The trunk is lowered back to the floor so that the shoulder blades or upper
back touch the floor.• Test procedure: A common method of
performing a sit up fitness test is to record the maximum number of sit ups in a certain time period, such as 30 seconds, one minute or two minutes.
• Scoring: The completion of one complete curl up (up and back) counts
as one. The sit up must be performed correctly for it to be counted. For
the tempo tests, the test is continued until the subject cannot maintain
the rhythm or has reached the target number for the test.
• Advantages: this test is simple to perform requiring minimal
equipment, and large groups may be tested at once.
• Disadvantages: a curl up with the feet held increases the involvement
of the hip flexor muscles, making the test less valid as a measure of
abdominal strength. It is sometimes difficult to determine if a correct sit
up is performed, and there may be dispute about the total number.
When using the tempo method, the
instructor should have clear guidelines
of when they terminate the test.
15 – 19 20 - 29 30 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 59 60 - 69
Gender M F M F M F M F M F M F
Excellent >48 >42 >43 >36 >36 >29 >31 >25 >26 >19 >23 >16
3-4 7-11 2-3
Poor <32 <26 <28 <20 <21 <14 <16 <6 <12 <2 <6 <1
Norms for 1 minute sit-up test
Wall Sit Test
• Purpose: to measure the strength endurance of
the lower body, particularly the quadriceps
• Equipment required: smooth wall
and a stopwatch
• Advantages: This test requires minimal
equipment and can be conducted with large
groups all at once
• Procedure: Stand comfortably with feet approximately
shoulder width apart, with your back against a smooth
• Slowly slide your back down the wall to assume a position
with both your knees and hips at a 90° angle.
• The timing starts when one foot is lifted off the ground
and is stopped when the subject cannot maintain the
position and the foot is returned to the ground.
• After a period of rest, the other leg is tested.
Scoring: the total time in seconds that the position was held for each leg is recorded. The table below gives a general guideline to expected scores for a single leg for adults. Comparing the scores for each leg may indicate muscle weakness on one side.
Rating Males (seconds)Females (seconds)
Excellent >100 > 60
Good 75-100 45-60
Average 50-75 35-45
Below Average 25-50 20-35
Very Poor < 25 < 20
20m Multistage Fitness Test (Beep Test)• Purpose: The 20m multistage fitness test is a commonly used
maximal running aerobic fitness test. It is also known as the 20
meter shuttle run test, beep or bleep test among others.
• Equipment required: Flat, non-slip surface, marking cones,
20m measuring tape, beep test cd, cd player, recording sheets.
• Procedure: This test involves continuous running between two lines 20m apart in time to recorded beeps.
• The test subjects stand behind one of the lines facing the second line, and begin running when instructed by the cd or tape.
• The speed at the start is quite slow. • The subject continues running between the two lines, turning when
signaled by the recorded beeps. • After about one minute, a sound indicates an increase in speed, and the
beeps will be closer together. • This continues each minute (level). • If the line is not reached in time for each beep, the subject must run to
the line turn and try to catch up with the pace within 2 more ‘beeps’.• Also, if the line is reached before the beep sounds, the subject must
wait until the beep sounds. • The test is stopped if the subject fails to reach the line (within 2 meters)
for two consecutive ends.
Scoring: The athlete's score is the level and number of shuttles (20m) reached before they were unable to keep up with the recording. Record the last level completed (not necessarily the level stopped at).
Excellent 13 12
Very Good 11 – 13 10 – 12
Good 9 – 11 8 – 10
Average 7 – 9 6 – 8
Poor 5 – 7 4 – 6
Very Poor < 5 < 4
• Target population: this test is suitable for sports teams and school groups, but not for populations in which a maximal exercise test would be contraindicated.
• Advantages: Large groups can perform this test all at once for minimal costs. Also, the test continues to maximum effort unlike many other tests of endurance capacity.
• Disadvantages: Practice and motivation levels can influence the score attained, and the scoring can be subjective. As the test is often conducted outside, the environmental conditions can affect the results.
Cooper 12 minute run
• Purpose: to test aerobic fitness.• Equipment required: flat oval or running
track, marking cones, recording sheets, stop watch.
• Procedure: Place markers at set intervals around the track to aid in measuring the completed distance. Participants run for 12 minutes, and the total distance covered is recorded. Walking is allowed, though the participants must be encouraged to push themselves as hard as they can.
Scoring: The table gives general guidelines for interpreting the results of this
test for adults. These results are based on a few sources and are only
Results Table for Adult Males
Rating Distance (meters)
Excellent > 2700 m
Good 2300 - 2700 m
Average 1900 - 2300 m
Below average 1500 - 1900 m
Poor < 1500 m
• Target population: This test can be modified to be suitable for most
populations. For those who are unfit or unable to run, there are
similar walking tests that can be performed.
• Advantages: large groups can be tested at once, and it is a very
cheap and simple test to perform.
• Disadvantages: practice and pacing is required, and performance on
this test can be affected greatly by motivation.
• Variations / modifications: The test can also be conducted by
running on a treadmill for 12 minutes, set to level 1 (1 percent)
incline to mimic outdoor running.