Assessing Abdominal Muscles Endurance With Sit-Up Test

Sit-Up Test. The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s abdominal muscles.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
1. Flat surface
2. Mat
3. Partner to hold the feet.

How to conduct the test

Sit-Up Test

The sit ups test is conducted as follows:

  • Lie on the mat with the knees bent, feet flat on the floor and the arms folded across the chest.
  • Start each sit up with back on the floor.
  • Raise yourself to the 90 degree position and then return to the floor.
  • The feet can be held by a partner.
  • Record the number of sits up completed in 30 seconds.


Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

Normative data for the sit ups test

The following are national norms for 16 to 19 year olds.

Target group

This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.


Reliability would depend upon how strict the test individual’s level of motivation to perform the test.


There are published tables to relate results to potential correlation is high.


Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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