Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fitness Testing

We are in the heart of our Fall Fitness Testing.  4 out of the 5 Health Related Fitness Components are tested in our school district and we use 5 different fitness tests to assess these components.

Here is how they are broken down:
Health Related Fitness Component
Fitness Test(s)
Aerobic Capacity
1 Mile Run Test
Muscular Strength
Push-Up Test, Curl-Up Test
Muscular Endurance
Push-Up Test, Curl-Up Test
Back-Saver Sit and Reach Test

What each Health Related Fitness Component Means:
·         Aerobic Capacity: The ability to perform large muscle, high intensity exercise for prolonged periods. 
·         Muscular Strength AND Muscular Endurance:  The ability of the muscles to exert an external force and to exert themselves repeatedly.
·         Flexibility:  The range of motion available in a joint.

We do Fitness Testing 2 times a year (fall and spring).  My goal for each individual student is for them to beat their previous scores.  In the spring we will actually look at these fall scores and set personal goals for what we want to do on that round of fitness testing. 

I never compare the students to each other – I compare Sally to Sally: what did she do last time, what is she doing this time and what can she do in the future.  Each student is different and should have a different fitness goal.

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