The best way to evaluate your fitness is through taking a test that will evaluate your physical strength and which will help you check the true relationship between strength, performance and your condition. No doubt, you will come across many tests that will help to show your true fitness level; however, one that you must check out is the one known as Kraus-Weber Test (K-W Test).
Six Separate Components
The K-W test of Minimum Muscular Fitness consists of six different components and it is a test that will help to measure a number of different muscle groups with regard to their strength and flexibility. The more the ratings are the greater is your level of fitness and the better will the muscles in the body function.
This test of fitness was at first used to evaluate how treatment being meted out to treat low back pain was progressing. It is surprising to learn that as many as, it is believed, more than eighty percent of those tested failed to pass the test! However, these people, when exercising were nevertheless able to perform better and the complaints of back pain too steadily became fewer.
The first of six K-W Tests to evaluate fitness is to keep both feet on the ground; maintaining a lying down position on the ground and with hands held behind your back doing sit-ups. The second K-W Test requires that you maintain the same posture as in the first test but your knees must be bent and the ankles positioned as close to your buttocks after which you must do a single sit-up.
In the third K-W Test you will need to lie flat on your back and keep your hands behind your neck and your legs must be straight and lifted about ten inches off the ground for ten seconds. The fourth test requires you to lie on your stomach; a pillow should be placed beneath your lower abdomen and also your groin. With feet held down you need to lift up your head and shoulders as well as the chest off the ground for about ten seconds.
Test number five requires that you maintain the same posture as in test number four; with chest down you need to lift your knees straight off the floor for ten seconds. Finally, in test number six you will need to stand erect and barefoot and both your feet must be placed together; then, with knees straight you need to bend slowly to touch the ground with your fingertips and you must hold this position for three seconds.
You might also want to know more about the right kind of fitness equipment including the treadmill that is ubiquitous item that every fitness fanatic is found using today. The K-W Test may seem to be a simple one; however, when you try this test, the results achieved will truly amaze you and it will also do a world of good as far as your fitness is concerned.