Fitness Evaluation

Test Preparation

Matrix Fitness will ensure that each subject is primed physically to perform up to their potential, we will follow set nutritional and physical guidelines. If all participants follow the same procedures and are in the same physical state, then comparisons are more valid, and if the same procedures are followed for each testing session, then the results will be more reliable.

Test Sequence

The order in which the fitness tests are performed can affect performance in subsequent tests. Here are some guidelines which we use when deciding on what order to conduct the test. These are guidelines that are used to determine the best order in your situation. The other factors we consider are logistics of getting from one test location to another, group sizes, number of assessor, and time constraints. Whatever order we use is recorded and made consistent for future testing sessions.

Scheduling

Testing are performed at particular times that correspond to the aims of the tests. For example, you may wish to test at the beginning of certain phases of training, and then at regular intervals to monitor progress. For school groups it may be appropriate to schedule testing at the beginning and ends of school semesters.

Safety

Safety checks are done prior to any testing session, such as checking for the proper working of equipment, and adequate supply of safety equipment such as mats, water bottles and first aid kits. During the sessions, we give adequate warm-up when necessary. For maximal endurance testing on elderly and special populations (after medical clearance has been given). Any person older than 35 years of age, particularly anyone overweight or with a history of high blood pressure and heart disease, we advise to consult a physician before undertaking any vigorous testing. Fitness testing should not be avoided, as for this population it can be useful as a screening device and to help devise a program to suit special needs. For all participants that are not accustomed to exercise, it would be wise to conduct a PARQ - Physical Readiness Questionnaire.

Recording Sheets

Our well-designed scoring sheets makes recording scores more efficient and avoids errors. They include space for all relevant information. In addition to the test results, the following would also be recorded with every testing session:

Test Assistants

All test assistants are adequately trained prior to testing, to ensure correct administration of the tests, and reduce error between testers.

Session Organization

Good organization will ensure the testing session runs smoothly. If testing a large group, we may want to set up testing stations with a different tester at each station, or with one tester following the same group around the stations