The purpose of this lab was to provide muscular fitness tests to assess upper and lower body muscular strength and muscular endurance using resisted exercise or exercise machines. This was done through a number of tests including: max push-ups, max curl-ups, bench press, and leg press. Using a chart, the student was able to compare their max repetition of each exercise to the normal range for their age group. Muscular fitness tests are classified as increasing strength and endurance of a muscle.
Muscular Strength and Endurance testing was performed to provide you with experience in administering muscular fitness tests designed to assess muscular strength and muscular endurance using constant-resistance exercises and exercise machines. Muscular strength is defined as the maximum amount of force a muscle can produce in a single effort. It is generally measured by a single maximal contraction, for example weight-lifting. Muscular endurance, on the other hand, is defined as the ability of a muscle to exert a sub-maximal force repeatedly over time. It is generally measured by lifting a given amount of weight as many times as possible. Muscular strength and endurance are tested for a number of reasons including to increase in muscle mass, increase metabolism, and increase caloric expenditure at rest and during activity (“Healthline,” 2010).
There were four different stations or exercises each student had to perform for muscular strength and muscular endurance. These exercises included: max push-ups, max curl-ups, max bench press, and max curl press. First, the student performed max push-ups. This was performed by the students’ legs straight off their toes, raising their body by straightening elbows, and keeping their back straight. The student performed as many as possible maintaining good form for one minute. Next, the student performed max curl-ups by positioning themselves in a supine position with knees at 90 degrees. The
References: Healthline. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/hlbook/dia-muscular-strength-and-endurance Lawrenson, D. (2010). Understanding muscular fitness. Retrieved from http://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/understanding-muscular-fitness.html