Fitness provides us with the ability to live active lives. It allows us to have more experiences. And it keeps our bodies young.
Here are five fitness tests you should be able to perform.
#1. Broad Jump your height. The broad jump demonstrates lower body power and the ability to move quickly and explosively, one of the first things to go as we age. The broad jump also demonstrates our ability to decelerate and absorb force with control, something that protects our bodies from injury.
#2. Deadlift 1.5 times your body weight for five reps. A total body exercise demonstrating leg strength, grip strength, and core and shoulder stability. Being able to lift something from the floor and then put it back down with control plays a major role in staying healthy and avoiding injury.
#3. Pull Ups. Men 5+ reps, Women 3+ reps. This is ultimate test of strength to bodyweight ratio, and helps determine if you are carrying too much extra weight.
#4. Push Ups. Men 25+ reps, Women 15+ reps. Don’t tell me how much you can bench press until you can at least hit those numbers. It is surprising how many guys can bench 300 plus pounds, but can’t do 25 good push ups.
#5. Carry half your body weight in each hand for 40 yards. Grab two kettlebells or dumbbells each weighing half of your body weight and perform a farmer’s walk. This will demonstrate your real life, total-body, functional strength.
Test yourself. How do you measure up? If you are not able to get one or two, or even any of them, don’t get down on yourself. These are just benchmarks to give you and idea of how strong you are and where you have room to improve.
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