Flexed Arm Hang Test To Monitor Elbow Flexors and Shoulder Extensors

Flexed Arm, Hang Test. The objective of this test is to monitor the muscular endurance of the athlete’s elbow flexors and shoulder extensors.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Bar above head height
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.

How to conduct the test

Flexed Arm Hang Test
The test is conducted as follows:

  • Athlete uses a flexed arm hang position using a supinated grip (palm facing the subject) grip. The chin is above the bar, hips and knees are extended
  • Once the athlete is in position the assistant start the stopwatch
  • The athlete attempts to maintain this position for as long as possible (maximum time is 30 seconds)
  • The timing is stopped when the chin drops below the top of the bar or 30 seconds elapse
  • The assistant records number of seconds that the flexed arm-hang position can be maintained (maximum of 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.

Target group

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


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


There are no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.
Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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