Finally getting thru some of my back issues of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Just a quick note on an article from the August2012 issue.  The “Association of Maximal Strength and Muscular Endurance Test Scores with Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Body Composition” by Vaara, et. al.  discusses commonly used physical performance tests that are supposed to evaluate max aerobic capacity and muscular fitness.  We’ve all
seen these or been subjected to these, for example, 1-minute pushups, sit-ups, 1RM bench press, BW squats etc.  
They can each serve their purpose and are especially useful when testing large groups with little or no equipment necessary.   In this article articipants were asked to perform as many reps as possible in 60 seconds for the push-up, sit-up, and BW squat respectively.    What did they find?

 “The results suggest that the performance of repeated squats is mainly dependent on aerobic (and anaerobic) capacity rather than on maximal  strength characteristics, whereas push-ups depend also on maximal force of the upper extremity muscles.”

 The takeaway message for me was to know what you’re testing.  By administering a 1-minute pushup and squat test, you get a quick assessment on upper body strength and indication of aerobic capacity.  Quick and dirty, easy to administer and count. Simple is good.

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