Test yourself and your fitness

fitness testFitness testing is really important when undertaking a fitness program as it gives an idea of your base fitness. This base fitness then allows an exercise instructor to provide feedback on your progress or the success of a training program.

The idea of performing fitness testing prior to undertaking an exercise program is to identify an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. This enables an exercise program to be developed specifically for that individual. It gives an overall fitness assessment to determine areas requiring improvement.  It identifies specific attributes that an individual may possess so that these can be developed to suit a particular sport or recreational activity.

Fitness testing is required to:

  • individually tailor an exercise program
  • give an overall fitness assessment
  • determine areas requiring improvement
  • serve as a baseline for goal setting
  • provide feedback on an individual’s progress or the success of a training program.

There are many fitness tests which can be untaken, these would be chosen based on what you want to achieve. It is important to test a number of fitness components in order to get an overall view of physical fitness. The following are the most common tests for different fitness components:

Body Composition: height, weight, BMI, skin folds

Cardiovascular: 20 m shuttle run, Queen’s College Step Test

Strength: 1 RM test, 7- Stage sit up test

Muscular Endurance: 1 minute push-up, squat and sit up tests

Flexibility: sit and reach test

Before undertaking a fitness program it is important you get a base level of your physical fitness, this can be achieved through fitness testing. It is important that a range of fitness components is tested in order to get an idea of overall fitness. Fitness testing allows strengths and weaknesses to be identified in order for an individualised program to be written.

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One thought on “Test yourself and your fitness

  1. Svetness Fitness

    Fitness testing is definitely important to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need and to make it easier to achieve your fitness goals. Great article, thanks for sharing!

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