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McCloy Physical Fitness Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but in the analysis we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.

Objective

To monitor the development of the athlete's strength.

Required Resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Flat non-slip surface
  • Gym with mats and a bar on which to do pull ups
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

The test requires the athlete to undertakes a series of exercises: Pull ups, press ups, squat thrusts, squat jumps, and sit ups.

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The athlete performs as many Pull Ups (chin above the bar) as possible
  • The assistant counts and records the number of repetitions
  • The athlete has a 3 minute rest
  • The athlete performs as many Press Ups as possible
  • The assistant counts and records the number of repetitions
  • The athlete has a 3 minute rest
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete performs as many Squat Thrusts as possible in 1 minute
  • The assistant counts and records the number of repetitions
  • The athlete has a 3 minute rest
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete performs as many Squat Jumps as possible in 1 minute
  • The assistant counts and records the number of repetitions
  • The athlete has a 3 minute rest
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete performs as many Sit Ups as possible in 2 minutes
  • The assistant counts and records the number of repetitions

Assessment

I have been unable to locate any normative data for this test.

The Physical Fitness Index (P.F.I.) can calculated by adding together the repetitions completed for each exercise and then dividing the total by five. Enter the results and then select the 'Calculate' button.

Pull Ups   Press Ups   Squat Thrusts   Squat Jumps   Sit Ups
Physical Fitness Index

Analysis

Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's level of fitness.

Target Group

This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability

Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.

Validity

Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.

Advantages

  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct

Disadvantages

  • Specific facilities required
  • Assistant required to administer the test

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Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • VANHEES, L. et al. (2005) How to assess physical activity? How to assess physical fitness?. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation12 (2), p. 102-114
  • SUNI, J. H. et al. (1996) Health-related fitness test battery for adults: aspects of reliability. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation77 (4), p. 399-405
  • METZ, K. F. and ALEXANDER, J. F. (1970) An investigation of the relationship between maximum aerobic work capacity and physical fitness in twelve-to fifteen-year-old boys. Research Quarterly. American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation41 (1), p. 75-81

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2000) McCloy Physical Fitness Test [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/mccloy.htm [Accessed

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