This abdominal test assesses the strength of the lower abdominal muscles. Participants are required to raise their feet off the ground, with straight legs, for 10 seconds.The test is part of the Kraus-Weber fitness test protocols, a series of six medical fitness test measures the strength and flexibility of key postural (core) muscles.
purpose: to assess the strength of the psoas and lower abdominal muscles.
equipment required: flat surface, ruler, stopwatch
pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender, test conditions. Ensure that the participants are adequately warmed-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.
procedure: Subject lies in supine position i.e., flat on his back with his hands behind the neck. He is asked to raise his feet 25cm (10 inches) from the ground. His legs should be straight, no bending at the knee. The examiner counts to 10 seconds.
scoring: This test is graded on a pass-fail basis. The test is passed if the subject holds the position for ten seconds. The Kraus-Weber test comprises 6 exercises - being unable to perform even one of the six exercises results in failing the test overall.
advantages: this is a very simple test to conduct, which can be performed quickly with minimal equipment.
comments: A modified scoring system scores the test from 0-10 depending on the number of seconds he holds the appropriate position.
The Test in Action
- The test is part of the Kraus-Weber fitness test protocols
- More about the Kraus-Weber fitness tests
- About Abdominal Testing
- Sit up exercises at the beach or at home