Fitness Assessments

Fitness assessments will take place Friday, october 24th - Friday, October 31st, 2014. To register for a specific time slot please email or call Caitlin Mazurek at ext.2743. You will receive a confirmation email with an ID number that you will need to bring with you the day of testing. This ID number provides confidentiality for all testing data.

The Healthy U Wellness Program, in collaboration with the Department of Kinesiology, is proud to announce another great tool to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals. All benefit eligible SVSU Faculty and Staff have an opportunity to participate in
a FREE individualized fitness assessment program.

RTEmagicC_AssessmentPicture_05.JPGSVSU kinesiology students will administer fitness assessment tests, which will include assessments of body composition, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength. See below for a more complete description of tests. Due some physical activity required, participants may want to wear comfortable clothing. The fitness assessment will also include a physical activity questionnaire. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

The benefit of fitness assessment testing includes the ability to evaluate progress in physical activity and fitness, as well as determine areas which need improvement. Participation is voluntary. All testing results are confidential. Participants will receive 25 Healthy U Wellness Points.

Fitness Test Descriptions

Height, Weight: Height will be measured in both centimeters and inches. Weight will be found in both kilograms and pounds. These differences account for research purposes and also give participants a clear understanding of the results. Body Mass Index (BMI) can be found using measurements of height and weight. (Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703. BMI is a measure of weight management. The values are different for men and women; however the classifications of BMI are, Underweight, Normal, Overweight, and Obese.

Waist to Hip Ratio: A measurement will be taken of the circumference of waist and hip. The waist to hip ratio has been proven as a predictor of heart disease. According to, people who carry most of their excess weight around their waist are at a greater risk of heart disease.

Skin Fold Testing: Using a caliper, skin folds will be taken at seven different sites on the body to determine body fat. The sites are the chest, abdominals, thigh, triceps, scapula (shoulder blade), suprailiac (hip), and Axilla (underarm).  This is also a measure of body composition. Females will conduct this testing on female participants, and likewise males will conduct skin fold testing on males.

Grip strength: Grip strength is an excellent measure of overall strength. A tool known as a hand dynamometer will be used. Each participant will squeeze the dynamometer using each hand separately to get a measure of overall strength.

Ebeling Treadmill Test: This test is used to understand aerobic capacity. Essentially, it gives a measure of “cardio” fitness. This walking test takes 5-7 minutes and utilizes heart rate to determine fitness level.

Sit and Reach: The sit and reach test will be used to evaluate total body flexibility. Each individual will sit down in a “v-sit” position. They will then stretch forward reaching their arms as far as possible. A reading will be obtained showing the distance the individuals reach past the base of the foot.

Curl-ups/ Push-ups: Curl-ups and push-ups will b used to evaluate muscular endurance. This test requires each participant to complete as many curl ups/push-ups as possible to a set cadence.