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Curl-up abdominal endurance test


Athletes need strong abs - the Curl-Up abdominal endurance test is an excellent way to test you ability in this area.

What is the point?

Why should you perform the Curl-Up abdominal endurance test? Athletes in all sports need strong abs - they are the link between your limbs, and are crucial for balance and agility. Regularly using the Curl-Up abdominal endurance test will help you to assess your progress in this vital area.

What do you need?

  • A flat surface
  • A mat
  • A watch
  • A partner
How do you do the test?

  • Lie on the mat, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Your feet should not be held.
  • With your hands resting on your thighs, slowly lift the chest, using your abs.
  • As you lift, slide your hands up your thighs until your fingertips touch your knee.
  • A complete curl should take 3 seconds (i.e. 20 reps per minute).
  • Return slowly to the starting position
  • Repeat as many times as possible
  • Record the total number completed

What results you'll get :

You can analyze your results by comparing them with previous attempts. With appropriate training between each test, you should be able to chart regular improvement.

For a comparative analysis, use the chart below.

Normative data for the Curl-Up Test

The following table is for Male athletes.

Classification <35 35 - 44 >45
Excellent 60 50 40
Good 45 40 25
Fair 30 25 15
Poor 15 10 5

The following table is for Female athletes.

Classification <35 35 - 44 >45
Excellent 50 40 30
Good 40 25 15
Fair 25 15 10
Poor 10 6 4

What is being measured again?

This is a good way to assess the endurance of the abdominal muscles.




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