STATE MANDATE In 2007, Texas and Delaware chose Fitnessgram program and software for their data collection of fitness test results for their state-wide implementation programs. Fitnessgram also met an equally important need: providing individualized, educational reports for both students and parents.

Working in partnership with both states, Human Kinetics (the sole provider of Fitnessgram) and The Cooper Institute were able to help them ensure smooth program implementation. Making positive, sweeping changes in physical education takes time and is dependent upon gathering the appropriate data. Fitness test results are the logical first step in this process.

California recently made a significant commitment to improving their physical education program after reviewing Fitnessgram data collected for millions of students over past years. New York City Public Schools made similar positive use of their extensive Fitnessgram data.


  • Pacer - The PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular endurance Run) is an aerobic capacity test.The PACER is a multistage fitness test that progressively gets harder.The objective is for the student to run as long as possible back and forth across a 20-meter space at a specified pace that gets faster each minute.
  • Curl Ups- Strength and endurance of the abdominal muscles are important in promoting good posture and correct pelvic alignment.The objective is to complete as many curl-ups as possible up to a maximum of 75 at the specified pace.
  • Push Ups - Strength and endurance of the muscles in the upper body are important in activities of daily living, maintaining functional health and promoting good posture.The test objective is to complete as many 90 degree push-ups as possible at a rhythmic pace. Back Saver
  • Sit and Reach - Maintaining adequate joint flexibility is important to functional health.The test measures predominatly the flexibility of the hamstring muscles. The objective is to be able to reach the specified distance on the right and left sides of the body. Shoulder
  • Stretch - The test measures upper arm and the shoulder girdle flexibility intended to parallel the strength/endurance assessment of that region.The objective of the test is to be able to touch the fingertips together behind the back by reaching over the shoulder and under the elbow.
  • Trunk Lift - The test of trunk extensor strength and flexibility is included because of its relationship to low back health, especially proper vertebral alignment. The objective is to lift the upper body off the floor using the muscles of the back and hold the position to all for measurement.