So, we all grew up doing the Presidential Fitness Test in grade school. Some of us thought it was awful, some of us thought it was tons of fun, some people didn’t really care about it. That test is now dead, and has been replaced by a new system that tests in the beginning of the year and then again at the end of the year to measure not just performance but also progress or improvement. The old test was push ups, pull ups, sit and reach, sit ups, and a one mile run. Believe it or not I was a terribly lazy athlete as a child and hated this test, but I was flexible so I did great on sit and reach and I could hammer out sit-ups like it was my job, but I figured out I could speed walk the one mile within the time limit so I never even tried to run it. Terrible I know. Thankfully I have matured into the athlete I am today!
Anyway, recently I read this great article on T-Nation dot com about 10 things every man should be able to do in the gym. The test was challenging, and there is still one thing I am close to doing but I have not accomplished yet, the “double body weight deadlift”. There are some interesting items to check off on this list, like being able to sit on the floor and stand back up without using your hands, and the dead hang pull up challenge. Check out the full article HERE.
This article got me thinking about all the things we do here at Pride and how we measure up against each other here and to other fitness enthusiasts around the world. So I decided to make my own list of benchmarks, with four different levels – beginner – intermediate – advanced – elite. I think this will be a great way to start setting some goals for yourself and seeing what you’re good at, what you’re great at, and maybe not so great at, and then training to get better to check off the next level. Goals help us stay focused and help us become stronger, faster, leaner and healthier. So without further delay, here is our new benchmark test: