I'm a total geek for numbers and statistics. Over the course of my fitness and weight loss journey I've collected numerous physical fitness assessments. I am constantly setting goals and designing workouts around achieving a good level of overall functional fitness in as many areas as possible. Functional fitness is all about being able to perform (and excel at) a wide variety of physical activities, from playing sports to going on adventures. I want to be strong, fast, flexible, and have good endurance, all in as balanced a way as possible.
Can any of you recommend some metrics and provide references with objective standards to assess one's results? Ideally I would like a percentile score, such as doing X means you are more fit than Y% of people your age/gender.
To give you a sense for what I mean, Men's Fitness & Health provides tables for 5 physical fitness metrics: Push-ups, sit-ups, bench press, running, and vertical jump. Using their tables I know, for example, that I'm very good at push-ups, a decent runner, and horrible jumper, so I design my workouts around improving vertical jump. When it comes to strength, I try to achieve balance by comparing myself to the tables on exrx.net. I also look at my body fat percentage, and I design my diet around getting to a goal of 10-12% (considered optimal for males).
I would appreciate more similar tables to assess as wide a definition of fitness as possible.