8 True Tests of Your Overall Fitness

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I’m a sucker for fitness tests. I know how pointless and/or meaningless many of them are and how limited they are in assessing true fitness but any time I come across a fitness test I just can’t help myself, particularly when this is the headline from Runner’s World:

8 True Tests of Your Overall Fitness

Just because you run doesn’t mean you’re in shape, as one Runner’s World editor discovered.

I have seen a lot of runners that aren’t too fit for things other than running so this caught my attention. I was a bit skeptical as always but interested nonetheless. After reading it, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see it was a pretty good overall fitness assessment. 

Basically it’s an adaptation of the 8 Tests of Overall Fitness from a book titled The Better Man Project by Bill Phillips. For the full scoop and much more detail, including the corresponding Men’s Health Fitness Standards, here’s the link.

Of course, I had to put myself through these to see how fit I am. Here are the tests and how I fared…

Check 1: Is Your Core Weak?
Test: Extended Prone Press Up
Standard: Keep body flat and hold 10 seconds
K2: Pass

Check 2: Lower Body Power
Test: Broad Jump
Standard: 8 feet
K2: 8 1/2 feet

Check 3: Anaerobic Endurance
Test: Squat, Curl & Push Press 30% BW
Standard: 20 reps in 1 minute
K2: 27 reps

Check 4: Mobility
Test: Wall Squat
Standard: Full depth squat
K2: Pass

Check 5: The Beep Test
Test: The Beep Test
Standard: 12 rounds
K2: 8 rounds

Check 6: Upper Body Power
Test: Clap Pushups
Standard: 10 reps
K2: 20 reps

Check 7: The “Go” Muscles
Test: Deadlift
Standard: 1.75 times bodyweight
K2: 1.91

Check 8: Flexibility
Test: Sit and Reach
Standard: 17″
K2: 18″

Overall, I passed 7 of 8. Not bad.

Looking at the tests I passed easily:
Core
Anaerobic Endurance
Upper Body Power

Passed by a little:
Lower Body Power
Go Muscles

Barely Passed:
Mobility
Flexibility

Failed:
Beep Test 

Probably could have predicted the results to be such. 

Overall a pretty good overall test. Now I know what I can work on a bit. I tested the Beep test again today and made it to level 9.2 so hopefully it won’t take long to master. 

Here’s a video of my efforts:

Thur 7-10-14: Snatch

A few park workouts the last week but today was similar to last Thur…

Snatch

5 Min misc warmup

Snatch
10 reps: 45 (Hang Snatch)
3 reps: 75,75,95,115,125,125,135
1 rep: 145,145
3 reps: 125,115,105

Muscle Up Variations
Standard x 2
With Step Up x 4 (2 sets)
With Plyo Push x 4
With Overhead Reach x 4

Thur 7-3-14: Snatch

After a few weeks of random, unstructured and playful work at local parks, I felt like working on a traditional weightlifting move, the barbell snatch. It’s been a while so I kept it simple…

Snatch

15 min walk with some dancing, footwork drills, hanging and fingertip pushups to loosen and warm up.

Snatch

3 reps all sets…

45,65,75,95,105,115,125,135,105,75

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Later in the day went to the park for some Ninja Warrior Training…
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Tues 6-10-14: Park, TRX and Full Body

Today was a rare occurrence: two workouts within a couple hours. I was planning on joining my friend for a workout later but got an unexpected hour break so I took my TRX to the park to experiment with a few things. Before I knew it, I had worked out…

Park
Warmup:
TRX Squat Row
Lunge Fly

Draped the TRX over a basketball hoop support bars to simulate rings and started messing around…

Ring Hold (from top and below)
Ring Dip
Skin The Cat
Ring Dip Leg Raise
Iron Cross (mini)
90 Degree Hang Hold w/ Knee Raise

Then I did 4-5 circuits:
Hanging Holds to 3 Skin The Cats
– 3-4 Ring Dips to Leg Raise
– Jump to bar, curl ups, bar work, swing jump off
Handstand ~20 sec

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An hour and a half later I joined my buddy Bryan from Frontdive Fitness and his client for a 3 person workout. This was rougher than I’m used to as my workouts the last couple months have been pretty mild…

Full Body

1 min of med ball chest pass throw and run

3 consecutive rounds of 5 reps each:
Slam Ball Slams 30lb
Box Jump 36″
Burpees

3 consecutive rounds of 10 reps each:
Ring Body Rows
Core Board Crossover Push-up
KB Swings 70lb

3 consecutive rounds of 10 reps each:
Goblet Squat 65lb
Kaiser Dual Cable Standing Press 25lb
Pullups

3 consecutive rounds of 5 reps each:
Bent Right Arm DB Row 80lb
Right Arm Cable Push 50lb
Knee Hop Ups

3 consecutive rounds of 5 reps each:
Bent Left Arm DB Row 80lb
Right Left Cable Push 50lb
PowerPlate Crossover Jumps (10 reps)

3 consecutive rounds of 10 reps each:
Cable Alternating Archer 40lb
Hanging Curl Ups
Alt DB Clean & Press 35lb

3 rounds:
Treadmill Sled Push Sprint (10 sec)

End result: fatigue.

Tues 5-27-14: Full Body

Row Machine 4 min

6 Supersets:
Alternating One Arm DB Snatch
10 total reps: 30, 40, 50, 60, 65(8), 70(6)
Band Assisted Pull-up x 15 reps

6 supersets:
BB Bent Row (differing grips each set)
10 reps: 95,115,125,135,135,135
Rack Pull
5 reps: same weight and grip as above

Incline Bar Cuban Press
3 sets of 10 reps @ 8lb bar

BB Snatch Grip Full Front Raise
2 sets of 12 reps @ 30lb bar

Mon 5-12-14: Shoulders

Mostly shoulders today (from a few different angles), primary work being cleans…

Hang Power Clean & Press
4 sets of 45×5
65×5, 75×5, 95×5
5 sets of 135 x 1
Power Clean & Press
5 sets of 135 x 1
5 sets of 155 x 1

Hang High Pull
2 sets of 135 x 5

Upright Row
3 sets of 75 x 10

5 Supersets of 10 reps each:
BB Shrug – 135
Seated One Arm DB Press – 25, 35, 40, 40, 40

4 Supersets of 12 reps:
DB Iso Planche Leg Raise – 17.5, 20, 25 x 6 reps, 25 x 8 reps
Horizontal Hanging Shrug – legs on bench

Mon 5-5-14: Upper Body

Today was simple but keeping with the trend of the last few Mondays…

Upper Body

10 Supersets of:
Behind Neck Push Press
45×20, 65×12, 85×8, 105×6, 125×5, 145×4, 155×3, 165×2, 175×1, Drop set: 175×1/155×1/125×1
Seated Dual Cable Row
50×20, 70×12, 90×8, 110×6, 130×5, 150×4, 160×3, 170×2, 180×1, Drop set: 180×1/160×1/130×1

5 Trisets of:
BB Shrug
125×10, 175×8, 225×6, 275×4, 175x
Weighted Dip
BWx10, 35×8, 50×6, 35x
DB Iso Planche Leg Raise
17.5×12, 20×10, 20×8, 17.5x

Mon 4-28-14: Upper Body

Today was similar to a few of the last Mondays…

Upper Body

3 Supersets:
BB Press
45×15, 45×15, 65×10
KB Full Swing
35×15, 35×15, 44×10

BB Press
10 reps: 75
8 reps: 85,95
6 reps: 105
125 x 4,3,3

5 Compound Sets (BB w/ 95lb, 10 reps each):
Hang Power Clean
Shrug
Bent Row

3 Supersets of 15 reps:
Dips
Lying DB Iso Planche Leg Raise – 17.5lb DBs
Cable Rev Fly 11,12,13,13

Thur 4-24-14: Jump & Hand Work

Simple workout in the backyard…

Jumping & Handstand Work

5 Supersets:
Broad Jump 3 jumps
Handstand Pushups (supported) 4-6 reps

5 Combos of:
Running Long Jump one leg
Handstand 2-3 attempts
Running Long Jump other leg
Handstand 2-3 attempts

5 Combos of:
Ice Skaters 5 each side
Various hand work:
Round 1: Handstand Pushups 6 reps
Round 2: Cartwheels 5 each side
Round 3: Front Handspring 5 reps
Round 4: Handstand Pushups 4 reps
Round 5: Crouch Hold 30 sec