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The Crunch Test

A DIY Fitness Assessment



9/1/2014 6:27:50 PM

51. Nine away from excellent for my 31 year old self.


7/18/2014 4:50:17 PM

I got 40, which is pretty decent. I did better on the pushup test, I guess I'll have to practice crunches more and try again next month :)


12/20/2013 6:07:25 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
Thanks for this article.


12/17/2013 8:09:04 PM

Pretty neat test, I'll have to do this to see where I'm at.


8/9/2013 10:09:18 AM

SADDHU1's SparkPage
Instructions say keep hands by floor and photo shows crunches being done with hands behind the head.


12/15/2012 12:36:46 PM

Not sure why this test has an easier goal for women since they generally have less upper body weight and crunches should be easier. Overall I think we set too low an expectation for women's fitness.


10/29/2012 11:00:00 AM

Im only 5 0 tall so the crunch test measurements were too much for me. The 18 inches away from your behind and the 6 marker were modified. I did a 5 inch marker and had more than excellent results for a woman my age. Even if it was not 100% correct or accurate it certainly gives me a reference number to test again in a month. Thank for your advice. Good luck to everyone!


10/20/2012 7:32:45 PM

61 years old and did 35/minute! Not bad for someone who would much rather be a couch potato!


10/19/2012 3:06:12 PM

I did this with a trainer just this week. I got in 34, which, according to her chart, placed me in excellent category for my age group. (over 60)


10/19/2012 11:03:45 AM

TUBLADY's SparkPage
I have a body of arthritis aches and pains. Have had both knees replaced. Hand surgery on joints. Both shoulders get shot. I go to the gym 5 days a week, Aerobics,, walk a minimum mile a day.
I am able to do 50 crunches with ease. Three years ago weighing 335 I couldn't lay down flat ,let alone get up without help. Losing 200 lbs made a world of difference.


10/19/2012 10:50:54 AM

CGOHO04's SparkPage
I am 42 and managed 45. Great motivation doing this!


10/19/2012 10:45:48 AM

This made me very happy , I am over 50 years old and I can do 45 crunches without equipment. It took me about a year to build to this point, I combine these with bridges to work the gluts and a total core.


10/19/2012 9:56:47 AM

-KEMI-'s SparkPage
Well, stomach crunches give me motion sickness, quite a common problem apparently.

To work my abs I use my legs not my upper body or I get dizziness and nausea.


10/19/2012 9:13:35 AM

JUNEBUGT's SparkPage
This is a good test if only I had emotional support and someone who was willing to help out with the measuring and timing.


10/19/2012 8:45:25 AM

I agree, the instructions were not clear as far as hand position. I couldn't even figure out in which direction I was measuring the 6 inches until I read through some of the posts. Oh, yeah! :-)

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