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Curl-Up Abdominal Endurance Test

Curl-Up Abdominal Endurance Test

Introduction

Athletes need strong abs – the Curl-Up abdominal endurance test is an excellent way to test you ability in this area.

What is the point?

Why should you perform the Curl-Up abdominal endurance test? Athletes in all sports need strong abs – they are the link between your limbs, and are crucial for balance and agility. Regularly using the Curl-Up abdominal endurance test will help you to assess your progress in this vital area.

What do you need?

  • A flat surface

  • A mat

  • A watch

  • A partner

How do you do the test?

  • Lie on the mat, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Your feet should not be held.

  • With your hands resting on your thighs, slowly lift the chest, using your abs.

  • As you lift, slide your hands up your thighs until your fingertips touch your knee.

  • A complete curl should take 3 seconds (i.e. 20 reps per minute).

  • Return slowly to the starting position

  • Repeat as many times as possible

  • Record the total number completed

What results you’ll get :

You can analyse your results by comparing them with previous attempts. With appropriate training between each test, you should  be able to chart regular improvement.

For a comparative analysis, use the chart below.

Normative data for the Curl-Up Test

The following table is for Male athletes.

Classification

<35

35 – 44

>45

Excellent

60

50

40

Good

45

40

25

Fair

30

25

15

Poor

15

10

5

The following table is for Female athletes.

Classification

<35

35 – 44

>45

Excellent

50

40

30

Good

40

25

15

Fair

25

15

10

Poor

10

6

4

What is being measured again?

This is a good way to assess the endurance of the abdominal muscles.

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