Fitness Testing For A Highschool

Danielle Hughes, Staff reporter

What is the purpose of fitness testing in a highschool setting physical education/fitness class?
The purpose of fitness testing in a highschool setting is to allow you to gauge your current level of fitness and assess what you need to get better at and plan out a course of action to approaching these goals. An example of this could be that all of your scores for the different exercises are high except for the 500 meter row. This could mean that your weakness is cardiovascular endurance and that this is the area you need to work on. You now know what you need to get better at and can create a fitness plan based around this. An example of this plan could be to try and run at least a mile every day increasing the distance each time. Or if you would rather have speed then you can try to decrease your time every day and run faster each day. Then continue with regular exercises such as pushups, situps, etc. This should not be your sole exercise, but should only serve as an indicator of where you need the most work. Another example of the fitness testing giving you positive feedback as if you saw that pushups were your worst score. This would allow you to make a plan to spend more of your time exercising your upper body. Allowing you to incorporate other upper body exercises such as push-ups, dips, and pullups.