Fitness Pre-Testing for 3rd & 4th Grade
Terry Van Horn
The Crete Elementary third and fourth graders are doing their annual fitness pre-testing, but this year the fitness tests have changed. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness has adopted the Fitnessgram fitness assessments. This set of tests is more health based than the Presidential Challenge fitness test which is more performance based.
The fitness test still focuses on cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, upper body strength, core muscle strength and Body Mass Index (BMI). By pre-testing, the students can set goals and work on improving their health throughout the year. The final tests take place during the fourth quarter. The new Fitnessgram tests are: pacer, curl-ups, trunk-lift, flex-arm hang, and back-saving sit and reach.