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Standard and Modified Push-Up

Alert! If you have shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain, doing this test may aggravate your condition. The muscles of the upper body and shoulders are another frequently measured muscle group. Several tests (for example, pull-up and push-up) are used to measure the strength and endurance of these muscle groups. Less muscular strength and endurance of the …

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The Half Sit-Up Test

One of the most frequently measured muscle groups is the abdominal (stomach) muscles. Several tests (for example, sit-up and curl-up tests) have been developed to measure mainly abdominal muscular strength and endurance. We are going to use an abdominal muscular strength and endurance test called the “YMCA Half Sit-Up” test, which is a curl-up test …

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Muscular Strength and Endurance

Muscular strength and endurance is critical to both your health and ability to carry out daily activities, such as performing household tasks (yard work, carrying groceries) or job-related tasks (lifting or moving heavy objects).  There are many ways to measure your muscular strength and endurance, often with a focus on a specific group of muscles. This …

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Body Composition

Body Mass Index (BMI): BMI is a number that is based on a person’s weight and height. It can be used to identify people at risk for some health problems. 1 Higher BMI values indicate greater weight per unit of height. BMI is related to the risk of disease and death. The score is valid for both men …

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The Sit-and-Reach Test

Alert! If you have low-back pain, doing this test may aggravate your condition.Equipment/Test SettingTape measure or yardstick and tape and a partner to help record your score.DirectionsPerform a series of static stretches. These stretches should focus on stretching the trunk and legs. Following the stretches, you may also want to do some brisk walking.Place a …

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Aerobic Fitness

Aerobic fitness is also known as cardiovascular fitness. It relates to the heart, blood vessels, and lungs working together to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the muscles during exercise. A high level of aerobic fitness is associated with lower risks of several diseases, including high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.To measure aerobic fitness, perform either …

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The Adult Fitness Test

The links to the left will take you to detailed instructions and tips on performing each test event. You can do the adult fitness test events alone, but they are easier to do with a partner. Find a partner who would like to do these tests with you. In addition, exercising with a partner is …

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