Fitness Testing

Fitness tests – also called fitness evaluations or assessments – include various tests and measurements that help determine your overall health and physical fitness. This testing is often done as part of designing an appropriate exercise program for an individual. Once the testing is complete, a specific workout routine can be created based on your current fitness level, any existing health conditions or physical limitations and your goals.

Fitness testing is most often performed at a gym or health club, medical wellness center or physical therapy facility. It is also part of evaluating an individual’s qualification for entering the military.

Fitness testing can include some or all of the following items:

  • Health history – to determine if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, issues with dizziness or balance, bone or joint problems, etc.
  • Vital sign measurements – including resting heart rate, blood pressure, height, weight
  • Body composition – body mass index (BMI), skin fold measurements, body fat analysis
  • Endurance testing – to measure how efficiently your heart and lungs perform during physical activity. Tests can include timed walking or running sessions or other aerobic activities.
  • Muscular strength testing – to measure the amount of force certain muscles can exert at one time and how long they can work before becoming fatigued. These tests may include push-ups and various strength and stability tests.
  • Flexibility testing – to measure a person’s overall flexibility and range of motion
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