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Advantages and disadvantages of fitness tests Task three: In this assignment I am going to explain one fitness test for each component of physical fitness which is cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. I will also include advantages and disadvantages for each test. Fitness test for Cardiovascular fitness Cardiovascular fitness is the efficiency of the heart, lungs, and vascular system in delivering oxygen to the working muscle tissues so that prolonged physical work can be maintained. To test a client's cardiovascular fitness, you could use the Vo2 max test which relies mostly on the client's stamina and endurance also using their heart and lungs. This test is done by using a treadmill and an assistant. At the start of the test the client runs on the treadmill at a low speed and a flat gradient, but within the test the speed and the grade of the slope is adjusted, the assistant uses a stopwatch and makes the adjustments. When the client runs on the treadmill and at certain times e.g every three minutes the assistant would increase the grade of the slope and the speed. The client then runs on the treadmill for as long as possible, whilst the assistant is still making the adjustments and timing the client with the stopwatch. ...read more.


Fitness test for Muscular endurance Muscular endurance is where a specific muscle group makes a repeated contraction over a period of time, for example a continuous press ups. To test muscular endurance you can do a test called one-minute press up, which is used to test the muscle endurance of the upper body. To do this test you will need a stop watch and an assistant to place their hand under the client's chest on the floor, to ensure that each press up is counted as one repetition. The assistant needs to time how many repetitions the clients does within one minute. When the stopwatch is started the client will begin doing their press ups and try to do as many as they can within the minute. At the end of the test you can compare your score to a table, which shows the rating for the number of press ups that you did. For example if a female aged 15-19 did 11 or less press ups within the minute they would be classed as poor, but if they did 33 or more then they would be classed as excellent. Advantages: - It doesn't cost anything as no equipment is required, a part from a stopwatch - Only takes one minute to complete - The results are ...read more.


This includes the abdominal area, arms, buttocks and thighs. These measurements are then used to estimate total body fat. One way to test your body composition is you can take your BMI (body mass index) this shows the amount of body fat and lean body tissue the clients possess. To do this test you will need an assistant that is trained to know how to measure the body fat. The assistant needs a skinfold calliper to measure the subcutaneous fat in millimetres, down the right side for consistency. The assistant can take measurements from the abdomen, triceps, biceps, chest, calf and thigh muscle, and then the assistant takes the reading from the gauge. If you measured three places then you would add them together to produce a total in millimetres, which can then be evaluated in terms of percentage using a conversion table. For example the average body fat percentage for a woman is 15-25 percent, and for men it is 10-20 percent. Advantages: - it's a good way to keep track of your BMI - The results are reliable, and would be valid in the outside world - Isn't very time consuming - Not much equipment is needed - Can be done at home and doesn't cost a lot Disadvantages: - For accurate results an experienced assistant is needed - Would require a skinfold callipers ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Cornell 1 ...read more.

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