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Physical Fitness Evaluation

What is a Fitness Assessment?

A fitness assessment is conducted by a kinesiologist who will evaluate risk factors related to one’s health and fitness level in order to establish a global health profile. .

The fitness evaluation is the first step in beginning a fitness training program. The assessment will provide information about a person’s physical fitness level, as well as identify strong and weak points. It will ensure the patient and kinesiologist work together towards attaining the patient’s goals. The fitness assessment will also allow the patient to measure their progress over time throughout their training program.

Why complete a Fitness Assessment?

Clients looking to increase their well-being

  • To have a global view of one’s health
  • To know one’s limits and abilities
  • To start a new training program safely
  • To receive a personalized and adapted training program
  • To measure progress following a training program 

Sport Enthusiasts & Athletes 

  • To understand one’s strengths and weaknesses in order to improve one’s performance
  • To measure progress

Socio-professional Rehabilitation (CSST, SAAQ)

  • To measure progress during rehabilitation
  • To determine physical abilities and limits
  • To plan the resumption of activities 

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Fitness Assessment & Evaluation: Step by Step

There are 5 steps to complete the fitness evaluation:

  • Questionnaire to evaluate:
    • Habits
    • Level and frequency of physical activity
    • Medical conditions
    • Goals and preferences for training 
  • Medical Tests (taken during a resting state)
    • Heart Rate
    • Blood Pressure
    • Waist size
    • Body composition (percentage of fat by bioimpedance or skin folds)
    • Weight
    • Height
    • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Cardio capacity evaluation (based on goals and current state of health)
    • Submaximal or maximal stress tests on a treadmill or stationary bike
  • Musculoskeletal tests related to the client’s goal, including:
    • Gripping force
    • Back extension
    • Trunk bend (flexibility)
    • Abdominal endurance
    • Side plank
    • Elbow extension (push-up)
    • Other relevant endurance tests or observations
  • Analysis of the results, recommandations and handover of the report

Personalized Training Program

After the evaluation of the patient’s physical condition, the kinesiologist may provide a personalized training program based on: 

  • Results of the evaluation
  • Training requirements
  • Training goals 
  • Client’s personal preferences
  • Restrictions and areas where the client prefers to train (home, outside, gym, pool, etc)

A long term personalized follow up may also be offered.