4 Level Abdominal Strength Test
This is one of many tests of abdominal muscle strength. It is a simple test to conduct requiring minimal equipment. See also the similar 7-Stage Abdominal Strength Test.
purpose: The 4 stage sit up test measures lower back and abdominal strength, which is important in for core stability.
- equipment required: flat surface, recording sheet and pen
- procedure: This is a simple test where you are required to do four forms of sit ups. The subject attempts
to perform one sit-up as described for each level, with either the feet held by an assistant or not, and with the legs straight or not. Several attempts can be made for each level, with the technique scored using the criteria below. The four levels are as follows:
- Perform a leg sit up with the knees at right angles and your feet held.
- Perform a leg sit up with the knees at right angles and your feet not held.
- Perform a straight leg sit up with your feet held.
- Perform a straight leg sit up with your feet not held.
- scoring: Use the criteria in the following table to give a score out of four for each sit up. Add the score for all four sit-up levels for a total score out of 16.
|1||difficulty performing, jerky motion, feet leave the floor|
|2||uses a lot of momentum to overcome 45 degrees|
|3||performs with slight pause in the mid area of the sit-up|
- advantages: moderate sized groups can be tested at once, with minimal equipment required.
- disadvantages: scoring is subjective, and therefore results cannot be easily compared between groups.