Fitness Assessment for Strength and Conditioning

The Sand and Steel Fitness Assessment has been carefully built and tested by over 100 coaches across 1000s of personal training clients.  Painstakenly improved and upgraded as new technologies became available our Fitness Assessment remains the sine qua non of fitness benchmark for personal training.

The above playlist features 11 videos.  The first video is the trailer, the second is some overview tips, videos 3-11 are tutorials on how to perform each video. We perform a fitness assessment to gather data. The data you collect consists of moving through ranges of motion, control, imbalances from left to right or upper to lower body, finding out current fitness level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert). We collect this information because it provides us with current information and helps re-assess the client over time. The following fitness assessment is geared to strength and conditioning training here at Sand and Steel Fitness.

Fitness Assessment Exercises for Strength and Conditioning

Ski Erg

It should be performed for 1000m for time at damper 5. Time Cap is 6 Minutes.  If the client reaches the time cap, write down 6 minutes and record their distance erged.

Overhead Squat

5 Overhead Squats

  • 0 Points – Three or More Faults with a PVC Pole
  • 2 Points – Two or More Faults with a PVC Pole
  • 4 Points – One Fault with a PVC Pole
  • 6 Points – Zero Faults with a PVC Pole
  • 8 Points – Zero Faults with a 15 Pound Bar
  • 10 Points – Zero Faults with a 45 Pound Bar

* Note Faults in the Notes

Kettlebell Swing

1 Minute Demo
2 Minutes of Coaching

Then 4 Minutes of Swings for reps. If the member cannot learn the technique within 2 minutes, do the Sumo Deadlift High Pull.

100 Two Hand Swings for time 70 ♂️ / 53 ♀️ (Expert)
100 Two Hand Swings for time 53 ♂️ / 35 ♀️ (Advanced)
100 Two Hand Swings for time 35 ♂️ / 22 ♀️ (Intermediate)
50 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls 44 /25 (Beginner)

Scoring: Reps

Active Straight Leg

Scoring is
3 Points 90 Degrees
2 Points 75 Degrees
1 Point Less than 75 Degrees

Score Left than Right

Scoring: Points


Pushups Strict, Banded Assisted, or Kneeling: How many unbroken reps?

You cannot pike, you cannot rest on the bottom. Your elbows must lock out fully. You must touch your chest to the floor.

Hex Deadlift

3 Rep Max on Hex Deadlift

Scoring: Load

GHD Situp

If the member can do strict pushups or a kettlebell swing correctly:

Do 2 Minutes of GHD Situps for Time (Rx)

If not, do:
2 Minutes of Abmat Situps for Time (Scaled)

Standing Forward Fold

With feet together, and knees straight. How Far Down can you fold?

6 Points: Palms to floor
5 Points: Knuckles to floor
4 Points: Finger Tips to floor
3 Points: Hands to Feet
2 Points: Finger Tips to Feet
1 Point: Hands to shins
0 Points: Hands to knees


Pullups (Unbroken Reps);
Inverted Ring Row (Unbroken Reps); or
Pulldowns (Max Reps at 1/2 bodyweight).

Good Practices During the Fitness Assessment

For every exercise you perform, you need to look at it from multiple angles, meaning walking around the client to observe from all sides. Because what you do not see could be a potential problem in the future during training. As well as recording the complex exercise movements by doing this, you can show the client how they are moving during the exercise. Moreover, giving you a better opportunity to spot their faults. Whether the client is performing a bilateral or unilateral exercise, you need to pay attention to compensatory factors, especially if the client has had a previous injury. Lastly, everything you see, good or bad, should be relayed to the client to keep them fully informed of their fitness assessment.

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