Fitnessgram Program Overview
Fitnessgram assesses three areas of health-related fitness through a variety of test items. Many test items offer multiple options, so you can choose the method you prefer. Each score is evaluated against the Healthy Fitness Zone® standards. The Healthy Fitness Zone standards are criterion-referenced standards that have been established to indicate levels of fitness corresponding with health. This helps to minimize comparisons between children and emphasize personal fitness for health rather than goals based solely on performance.
Since only modest amounts of exercise are needed for obtaining health benefits, most students who participate in physical activity almost every day will be able to achieve a score that will place them in the Healthy Fitness Zone.
The FITNESSGRAM assessment items include the following:
Aerobic Capacity--may select one option
- PACER test
- One-mile run/walk
- Walk test (ages 13 or older)
Muscular Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility
- Abdominal strength and endurance (curl-up)
- Trunk extensor strength and endurance (trunk lift)
- Upper body strength and endurance (choose from push-up, modified pull-up, and flexed arm hang)
- Flexibility (choose from back-saver, sit-and-reach, and shoulder stretch.)
Body Composition--may select one option
- Percent body fat (calculated from triceps and calf skinfolds or entered from an alternative measuring device)
- Body mass index (calculated from height and weight)