Measuring Fitness


I’m turning 40 in 5 days. I’m going to be out of town on that day and arriving home at 6 AM on Saturday. Some time late Saturday afternoon I’m going to execute the President’s Challenge test. Here it is:

Challenge Item Primary Fitness Component
One-mile run/walk heart/lung endurance
Curl-ups (or partial curl-ups) abdominal strength/endurance
V-Sit Reach (or sit and reach) lower back/hamstring flexibility
Shuttle Run leg strength/endurance/power/agility
Pull-ups (or right angle push-ups) upper body strength/endurance

And here’s my vow/promise to myself.

I will take the test every year on or near my birthday.

What ever my score is this year, it won’t be lower for the rest of my life.