Physical Fitness Test

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    Sep 11, 2012 10:56 AM GMT
    This is the last school year that students will take the President's Physical Fitness Test. Next year, we'll do a fitness assessment based on some new criteria. Since the current test has been around for about sixty years with very little change, I'm assuming most of you have taken it as a youngster. Just curious....who here is the proud owner of a Presidential Physical Fitness Award (85th percentile or higher) or a National Physical Fitness Award (50th percentile or higher)? How would you do today?
  • kuroshiro

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    Sep 11, 2012 11:01 AM GMT
    *whispers* That test is/was/always will be a joke.
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    Sep 11, 2012 11:06 AM GMT
    Aww icon_cry.gif

    Way to spoil a fresh keen thread
  • calibro

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    Sep 11, 2012 12:59 PM GMT
    i think i was national... but i was a fat kid so i was very proud of that
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    Sep 11, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    I couldn't do one pullup, so I never passed. icon_redface.gif

  • Sep 11, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    Yeah I didn't do too well back in school I was the fat kid back in the day... lol I weigh the same today as I did in 4th grade yes I was indeed the fat kid!
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    Sep 11, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    I'm pretty sure I bombed this as a kid. In fact, I think my PE teacher took me aside to tell me how bad I sucked and that I should be taking my studies more seriously since there was no athletic future for me.

    As for today, I'd like to think I'd alright. I max out my Navy PFT categories though I don't think that's a great test of fitness but probably similar to the President's Physical Fitness Test.

    Mike: what is the actual President's Physical Fitness Test and can it be adapted to do as an adult? We should set up a competition here on RJ......hmmmmmmmm.
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    Sep 11, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    I wasn't aware that anyone took that test seriously.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
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    SkittleGangsta saidI wasn't aware that anyone took that test seriously.
    No one ever did. Each person has strengths and weaknesses. Some kids can run for days, others can lift themselves off the ground. Neither one is stronger or weaker. I hate fitness tests like these.


    I could neither lift myself off the ground nor run for days. I was the stereotypical weak skinny nerd with thick glasses. I remember the test being publicized, but I don't ever remember taking it.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    SkittleGangsta saidI wasn't aware that anyone took that test seriously.

    I take it seriously for several reasons. One, it's a way for me to measure a student's improvement from fall to spring. I don't care if your results don't put you in the award category, if you've improved in one or more areas that means we're doing something right. Two, it's a way for me to be evaluated. Other teachers have Standards of Learning tests. Unfortunately, these are used to help evaluate classroom performance. The fitness tests are my SOL tests. Third and most importantly to me, this is the only positive recognition some of these kids will get all year. When things are not going well for a kid at school or home, a pat on the back can go a long way.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    back in high school i was such a skinniest nerdy kid and PE was my worst subject. I missed the chance to go to the best high school in my province b/c I didn't so well in PE despite a very good academic performance (PE 30 pts Academic 550, total score counts) icon_eek.gif

    Now I have done Judo, Kungfu, Muay Thai and gym is my fav place, (yes, I am still an Engineer nerd from one of the best school in Canada) but what I really proud is I excelled in the sport/athletic fields now and I am a more well round person.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidThis is the last school year that students will take the President's Physical Fitness Test. Next year, we'll do a fitness assessment based on some new criteria. Since the current test has been around for about sixty years with very little change, I'm assuming most of you have taken it as a youngster. Just curious....who here is the proud owner of a Presidential Physical Fitness Award (85th percentile or higher) or a National Physical Fitness Award (50th percentile or higher)? How would you do today?


    Fitness test??? What's that? A measurement on how fast a child/teenager can ingest a Mcdonald's hamburger.

    I don't remember any fitness test in school. Lard ass teacher barely participated in his own class. Gym was free play most of the time. With cliqueee groups.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    I know for a fact I didn't do good because I never tried in gym to be honest.

    As a senior in HS we had to run the mile for a physical fitness test and I just walked it, I think it took me like 12-15 minutes lol. That doesn't sound too pathetic, but that's because I didn't mention that I'm a soccer player and could've run it in 6 if I wanted to. Sorry, but I refuse to run around and get all hot and sweaty and have to go to class afterwards. Not gonna happen.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    I don't remember any awards associated with the tests.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidI'm pretty sure I bombed this as a kid. In fact, I think my PE teacher took me aside to tell me how bad I sucked and that I should be taking my studies more seriously since there was no athletic future for me.

    As for today, I'd like to think I'd alright. I max out my Navy PFT categories though I don't think that's a great test of fitness but probably similar to the President's Physical Fitness Test.

    Mike: what is the actual President's Physical Fitness Test and can it be adapted to do as an adult? We should set up a competition here on RJ......hmmmmmmmm.

    The Physical Fitness Test has five parts that measure muscular strength/endurance, cardio-respiratory endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility:

    Curl-ups (or partial curl-ups)
    Shuttle run
    Endurance run/walk
    Pull-ups (or right angle push-ups or flexed-arm hang)
    V-sit reach (or sit and reach)

    There is an adult test. It's a 1.5 mile run, sit-up, push-up, sit and reach, and a BMI assessment. I've got a spread sheet at work with normative results I can share with you. I've always wanted to invite parents to come take the test when their kids are taking theirs but I worry about embarrassing parents in front of their kids.
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    ayer2009 said
    Coach_Mike saidThis is the last school year that students will take the President's Physical Fitness Test. Next year, we'll do a fitness assessment based on some new criteria. Since the current test has been around for about sixty years with very little change, I'm assuming most of you have taken it as a youngster. Just curious....who here is the proud owner of a Presidential Physical Fitness Award (85th percentile or higher) or a National Physical Fitness Award (50th percentile or higher)? How would you do today?


    Fitness test??? What's that? A measurement on how fast a child/teenager can ingest a Mcdonald's hamburger.

    I don't remember any fitness test in school. Lard ass teacher barely participated in his own class. Gym was free play most of the time. With cliqueee groups.


    Oh no.icon_eek.gif I do know that happens but I think it occurs more in high schools where a lot of the PE staff are there to coach a sport first and teach second. We have a new hire this year for a half day who was hired to coach lacrosse and he's made it clear he's not really there to teach. We've had a couple of run ins already. But I have to tell you, I've been teaching for 10 years and we've never played dodgeball, I've never thrown a ball into the middle of the court and gone back to my office and I've never left a child on the sidelines. And that's true of just about everybody I work with.
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    Sep 11, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    O_o Dafuq? I thought they did away with that years ago. I never did it.

    EDIT: Just kidding. I did it, but I'm going to plead the fifth on that one.

    ayer2009 said
    Fitness test??? What's that? A measurement on how fast a child/teenager can ingest a Mcdonald's hamburger.


    I've had 2 double hams and a mcchicken minutes before I was on the clock. Don't talk shit.
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    Sep 11, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    I don't recall taking this test when in school, then again I was exempt from a lot of PE things because of my deformed clubbed foot, and subsequent amputation. What's involved in this new test?? I'll take it on my own to make up for lost time. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 11, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    I always failed as a kid icon_cry.gif

    I actually think I would do OK today - probably wouldn't win anything, but I would at least make it through...
  • COyogabum

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    Sep 11, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    I always could do it, but was challenged by the "sit and reach" flexibility test. I would always have to practice for a long time in order to make it. Funny thing now is that I'm a yoga teacher. Who'da thunk?
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    Sep 12, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidOh no.icon_eek.gif I do know that happens but I think it occurs more in high schools where a lot of the PE staff are there to coach a sport first and teach second. We have a new hire this year for a half day who was hired to coach lacrosse and he's made it clear he's not really there to teach. We've had a couple of run ins already. But I have to tell you, I've been teaching for 10 years and we've never played dodgeball, I've never thrown a ball into the middle of the court and gone back to my office and I've never left a child on the sidelines. And that's true of just about everybody I work with.


    Frankly, I think I would have cared infinitely more about my physical well being in school had I a teacher like this. As it is, I didn't start caring until well into my undergrad degree. So kudos for caring, for what it's worth.
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    Sep 12, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    Never existed when I was a kid...........icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 12, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    This must be a public school thing cause I've never heard of this, nor participated in a fitness test in all my years of schooling
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    Sep 12, 2012 8:33 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike said
    SkittleGangsta saidI wasn't aware that anyone took that test seriously.

    I take it seriously for several reasons. One, it's a way for me to measure a student's improvement from fall to spring. I don't care if your results don't put you in the award category, if you've improved in one or more areas that means we're doing something right. Two, it's a way for me to be evaluated. Other teachers have Standards of Learning tests. Unfortunately, these are used to help evaluate classroom performance. The fitness tests are my SOL tests. Third and most importantly to me, this is the only positive recognition some of these kids will get all year. When things are not going well for a kid at school or home, a pat on the back can go a long way.


    Ah I see. That's cool bud.