Physical Fitness Testing

  • What is Physical Fitness Testing?

    The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports has recommended a series of tests to determine a child's level of fitness known as the "Fitness Gram". The students participate in five different tests to determine their personal level of fitness.  At the Elementary level these scores are used to determine the weaknesses of the general school population and then design activities that will enhance the development and improvement of those skills. Our major focus is placed on personal improvement from year to year.

    The five tests included are:

    1. Curl-ups - used to determine abdominal strength and endurance. Students are given an opportunity to do as many sit-ups as possible while following a cadence provided on a special CD.

    2. Push-ups- used to measure upper body strength and endurance. Students place their body into a plank position to lower and raise their body while maintaining the correct position.


    2A. Flexed-arm Hang or Pull-ups - used to measure upper body strength and endurance. A chin-up bar is used to hang on keeping the chin above the bar for as long as possible or the student does as many pull-ups as possible.

    3. Back Saver Sit and Reach - used to measure the flexibility of the lower back and hamstring muscles (the back of the upper leg). The students sit at a specially designed box in their stocking feet and reach toward their toes as far as possible.

    4. PACER Test - used to measure heart and lung endurance. The students run back and forth across the gymnasium (a distance of 30 meters) following the cadence on a CD. Their goal is to continue at the designated pace for as long as possible. 

    5. Trunk Lift - used to measure back strength and flexibility. The students begin in a prone position and will lift their upper body off of the floor.

    These tests are given to the students in grades 3 to 5. The students in 1st and 2nd grade will participate in similar activities to acquaint them with the types of activities that will be tested in their future gym classes. If you would like any more information about these tests feel free to contact the school and talk to your child's gym teacher. More information about the President's council can be found at If you would like more information from the U.S. Dept. of Health check at www.HealthierUS. gov.