Fitness Assessment? Don’t be nervous! It’s just information..

What is a Fitness Assessment?

Fitness AssessmentAn exercise program designed for a client is only as good as the assessment. The more information a Trainer has about her client, the more individualized the program, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the program.

A comprehensive fitness assessment involves a series of measurements that help to determine the current health and fitness level of clients. A health and fitness assessments is not designed to diagnose medical or health conditions but instead is designed to serve as a way of observing and documenting a  client’s individual structural and functional status.

Components of a Fitness Assessment

Pre-participation Health Screening

  • Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

A PAR-Q is designed to determine the safety or possible risk of exercising for a client based on the answers to specific health questions. It is primarily aimed at identifying individuals who require further medical evaluation before being allowed to exercise because they are at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Subjective Information

  • Occupation

Extended Periods of Sitting or Standing, Repetitive Movements, Dress Shoes, Mental  Stress

  • Lifestyle

Recreation, Hobbies

  • General Medical History

Past Injuries, Past Surgeries, Chronic Conditions, Medication

  • Personal Information

Readiness for Change, Personal Training Goals

Objective Information

  • Physiological Assessments

Heart Rate, Blood Pressure

  • Body Composition Testing

Body Fat Percentage, Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist-to-Hip Ratio

  • Cardiorespiratory Assessments

YMCA 3 Minute Step Test, Rockport Walk Test

  • Status and Dynamic Postural Assessments

Overhead Squat Assessment, Single Leg Squat Assessment, Pushing Assessment, Pulling Assessment

  • Performance Assessments

Push-up Test, Davies Test, Shark Skill Test, Bench Press, Squat

The fitness assessment very important as it is the foundation of the entire exercise program. It enables the personal trainer to decide the appropriate selection of flexibility, cardiorespiratory, core, balance, power and strength training exercises, ensuring the program is individualized to a client’s specific goals and needs.


About Daisy

My passion is to inspire women to realize their potential and get the body they really want through fitness, yoga and nutrition.
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