As the semester’s end is in sight, what better time to find out how much you have improved in your fitness goals than by getting a fitness assessment?
Fitness Assessments test a person’s baseline values such as resting heart rate, blood pressure, height and weight. Body composition by using tests such as the 3-site skinfold, bioelectrical impedance analysis, waist-to-hip ratio. Cardiovascular fitness which is tested by a three-minute step test, muscular fitness is tested by a push-up test and a half sit-up test. Flexibility is also tested by the reach over the shoulder test and a modified sit and reach test.
“Fitness assessments are great for people who would like to know their current fitness level,” David Purser, Fitness Program Graduate Assistant, said. “Also they are a good way to evaluate progress. For example, if someone had a new year’s resolution to lose a certain amount of weight during this semester, or drop a certain body fat percentage, they could come in as many times as they wanted to be tested.”
You can get a Fitness Assessment as many times as you want in order to keep track of your progress and to help keep you motivated. Some people have come in every single week over the course of a semester and others come at the beginning of a workout program and then again at the end to view any progress made.
It is not required to test everything during a Fitness Assessment though it is highly preferred, people with health conditions or injuries are able to do a ‘modified’ Fitness Assessment. Before participating in a Fitness Assessment everyone must fill out a health questionnaire first.
People under 18 are not allowed to receive Fitness Assessments unless they bring a written note from a parent or guardian and sign a release form.
Each time you get a Fitness Assessment your results are ranked against others based on your biological sex and age, and you are given a percentile ranking and categories such as ‘above average’ or ‘below average’ so that you are able to see what areas need more work.
Appointments can be made online. You must arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out the necessary paperwork and the Fitness Assessment takes roughly 30 minutes.
Before coming to your appointment. Remember:
Do not drink alcohol or caffeine, use tobacco products, or eat food within hours of your appointment.
Be well rested and avoid significant exertion or exercise on the day of the Fitness Assessment.
Get an adequate amount of sleep the night before.
Wear clothing that allows you to move freely and walking or running shoes.
Purser said, “Being educated about your health is important as you make diet and exercise choices throughout your life!”