I administer the following fitness assessments:
1. Resting heart rate.
2. Body Composition (skinfolds, biolectrical impedance, waist-hip ratio, or BMI. I only usually do BMI for kids as it is a required as PE teacher.
3. Muscular Endurance test: push ups, sit ups, etc.
4. Flexibility test: Sit and reach, shoulder
5. Range of Motion of all major joints: measuring degrees of ROM, Required to know when working with certain disabilities.
5. Motor Skill tests for by youth and older adult clients.
1. Comp Analysis (BMI, BF%, Wt, Water %, Muscle Mass, Bone Wt, Metabolic Age)
2. Circumference Measurements
3. Muscular Strength
4. Muscular Endurance
5. Cardio Endurance
Clients receive the analysis pre and post PT commitment. If they are ongoing clients they receive them at milestone intervals.
It depends. If I’m working with a general fitness client I will conduct body fat, aerobic, and muscular endurance testing/assessment at a minimum. If I’m training an athlete I’m looking at slightly different components such as speed, quickness and power so the assessments will reflect those differences (e.g. testing might include vertical jump for power, hexagon testing for agility, and testing for quickness or reactions).
It depends on client goals. As a general rule, I take:
-Waist to Hip Ratio
-Body Composition via Omron (bioelectrical impedance)
-Leg Press (Lower body strength)
-Pushups (upper body strength)
I also assess posture and shoulder/neck flexibility.
For functionality, I have clients perform specific exercises (squats, hip circles, pushups, plank) to look for muscular imbalances. I’m looking at pushups and plank not just for upper/core strength, but also to see where their hips and shoulders are, for example. Is there internal rotation of the shoulders (very common in the corporate world from long hours in front of the computer)? I make my recommendations as a trainer based on what I find, and what the client’s goals are.