There are many ways to test your strength and endurance and many reasons to set time aside to work this important training tool into your schedule. These kinds of sessions can be referred to by a number of names like Fitness Assessments, Fitness Testing or Fitness Appraisals, but they are all designed to do the same thing – measure and record your current level of strength and fitness so progress can be tracked much more effectively.
Some of the health benefits to gain by having a fitness appraisal with a qualified Trainer, include:
- Reaching your full potential!
- Testing specific and functional exercise ability
- Obtaining an accurate picture of health-related fitness
- Discovering areas requiring improvement
- Determining an appropriate starting intensity and frequency for training
- Setting a baseline and plan for achieving goals
- Staying motivated by using results as an incentive to improve
A fitness appraisal should only be performed when you are feeling energetic and well. Those with injuries, medical conditions or taking prescribed medication should see a medical or allied health professional for medical clearance before exercise testing.
The team at Fitness Institute recommend using fitness tests and comparative data scores from Top End Sports and we’ve included a list of examples below that shows some of the tests and information required in a fitness appraisal.
Testing procedures and objectives will vary depending on an individual’s goals and additional tests can be included to test for other elements, like agility and power.
Some of the more common measures and activities include those below.
Click on the link provided in each title for comparative data that shows how your results compare to the general population.
Skin Folds (with calipers) e.g. Jackson Pollock 4 site %
Remember that a warmup should be performed prior to starting the physical assessments:
3. Muscle Endurance Assessments (scroll down to see Muscular Strength Endurance on link)