Breedon Priory Health Club

Test Your Fitness Level! 

Test your fitness level on the following three bodyweight exercises and see how you do:

Press ups

What are you testing?

The push up is a classic exercise designed to test upper body strength.

How to do it?

From the ground, keep your body in a straight line from shoulder to heel. Place your hands just wider than shoulder width and make sure you are up on the balls of your feet. Brace your abs and slowly lower your body until your chest grazes the ground. Then push back up explosively.

How do you fare?

Excellent = 40+
Good = 30-40
Average = 20-30
Poor = 20 or below

Plank

What are you testing?

The Plank is a great test of your core strength.

How to do it?

From the press up position, drop down and distribute your weight between your elbows and the balls of your feet. Interlock your hands and ensure that your feet are waist width apart. Hold this position for as long as you can without allowing your hips to raise or dip.

How do you fare?

Excellent = 3 mins+
Good = 2 mins+
Average = 1 min+
Poor = less than 1 min

Pull ups

What are you testing?

The pull up is a great test of your upper body strength.

How to do it?

Grasp the overhead bar using an underhand grip (palms facing the body) with arms fully extended. Pull your body up until your chin is above the top of the bar. Then lower your body until your arms are straight again.

How did you fare?

Excellent = 20+
Good = 15-20
Average = 10-15
Poor = Less than 10

I regularly use these tests to check my clients fitness level. For more information catch me on the gym floor – Mitchell (MC Personal Training)

Fitness Level