What assessments would you recommend taking prior to you (or someone you workout with) takes prior to working out? NASM recommends a PAR-Q, performing an overhead squat, push up and step tests...what tests have you taken and/or recommend so a person knows they're in good enough condition and have a good idea what areas to work on (strength, flexibility

  • Interesting, I assume you mean prior to beginning a new program (as opposed to prior to a regular workout)? I like this, quantifying that ubiquitous-but-unhelpful disclaimer to see a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen...
    – G__
    Sep 4, 2012 at 22:40
  • Before beginning a new program or maybe determining if it's time to begin/modify one Sep 5, 2012 at 1:13

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From my personal experience, I'd say the following six tests do a pretty reasonable job at assessing a person's fitness. (I know I've had to do more flexibility assessments than just the sit and reach, but nothing is coming to mind at the moment; I'll edit this later if I recall any).

  • Overhead Press
  • Squats
  • Push Ups
  • Sit Ups
  • Step Test
  • Sit and Reach

Additionally, I think it also pays off to arm yourself with as much data as you can before you start a program. This gives you a meaningful way to measure and gauge your progress throughout the program.

  • VO2 Max
  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Body Measurements (waist, neck, hip, etc.)
  • Body Weight

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