Strength and Fitness assessment tests provide an excellent baseline and point of reference to evaluate your progress in your physical training. They help you identify the areas that need improvement and allow you to develop and adjust your own training program to meet your specific needs. These tests also reiterate the importance of physical fitness and ability and how improvements on these test scores will reflect on an improvement in your overall health.
Taking some of these tests is a great way to determine which workout program option you should select for your current ability, but be aware that not all these assessment tools are suitable for an initial assessment. Please make sure you discuss any in depth medical or chronic conditions with your doctor or physician and you obtain a full medical clearance before you start training.
In sports, cardiovascular endurance refers to an athlete’s ability to sustain prolonged exercise for minutes, hours, or even days (your stamina).
Endurance testing is a way to measure the efficiency of an athlete’s circulatory system and respiratory system in supplying oxygen to the working muscles and support sustained physical activity.
When we talk about endurance, we generally refer to aerobic endurance. Aerobic exercise requires oxygen to help supply the energy needed for exercise. The objective of endurance training then, is to develop and improve the body systems that produce and deliver the energy needed to meet the demands of prolonged activity.
Muscular endurance is very important for people playing sports and who have to sustain an activity for long periods of time. It’s important to pay attention to muscular endurance if you play any sort of sports, or are involved in any sort of physical activity thats lasts for quite a while. For example, such sports as hockey, football, tennis, etc. Another acitivity that is very dependant on muscular endurance is cross country running, in fact it is probably the best example of muscular endurance, as it involves very little muscular strength or flexibilty.
If you are looking to improve muscular endurance, the best way would be to involve yourself in just about any cardivascular activity, such as running, biking, and playing sports. Even walking will help you stay healthy and condition your leg muscles, to a point. If you are looking to improve the endurance of your upper body, bodyweight exercises such as chin-ups, push-ups, triceps dips, etc, will improve this, and your strength as well.
NOTE: These tests are also excellent fitness tests for children of a healthy ability.
Physical strength is very important to overall health and ability. Strength developed through resistance training will help to build your entire musculoskeletal system and increase bone density. It also boosts metabolism, improves body composition and ensures a high functional ability.