The FITNESSGRAM is the State of California mandated
physical fitness assessment given to students in grades 5, 7, and
9. Results determine if a student falls within the Healthy Fitness
Zone for six individual tests as a measure of overall fitness. The battery of tests include:
Mile Run or PACER
tests for aerobic capacity
Push-Up, Curl-Up, Trunk Lift, and Back
Saver Sit and Reach
tests for muscular strength, endurance and flexibility
Skinfold Measurement or Body Mass Index (BMI)
determines body composition (BMI
is determined in a formula that represents a relationship between
height and weight.)
A student who falls within the Healthy Fitness Zone for all six
tests may be considered “fit overall.” The results can
be used to develop an individual fitness plan for each individual
student to maintain lifelong wellness.
Beginning in the year 2010, new standards were incoporated into the testing structure in the Healthy Fitness Zone areas of body compostition and aerobic capacity. Learn more about these changes by following the links below.
The previous HFZ for Percent Body Fat (%BF) were set at a consistent cut-off of 25% for boys and a consistent cut-off of 32% for girls. The new standards now vary by both gender and age. These standards reflect the natural developmental trends for boys to gain muscle and girls to gain fat through adolescence as well as health risk. See the chart below.