A good way to know your fitness level is by taking a fitness test that will test your physical endurance, body strength and help you understand the basic relationship between body strength and fitness. One of the best known methods for it is Kraus-Weber Test (K-W Test).
Components of Kraus-Weber Test (K-W Test).
A K-W test known as Minimum Muscular Fitness test has six different components, and this test is capable of measuring various muscle groups in term of their physical strength and inherent flexibility. The higher the ratings are; greater will be your fitness level.
This very test of fitness was firstly used to investigate about the progress of the treatment given for back pain problems. More than eighty percent of people who take this test failed to pass it in the first attempt.
The first test of the six K-W Tests series is used to evaluate general fitness of a person. In this test one has to keep both of the feet on the ground; do sit ups while keeping both hands folded on the back and lying body on the ground.
The second part of K-W Test series is similar to first in posture but only change is that in this test knees of person remain bent and the ankles are as close to buttocks as possible; while doing sit ups..
The third part of K-W Test series requires the person to lie flat on the back and keeps hands behind the neck and legs remain straight and lifted up, for about ten seconds in a stretch.
The fourth parts of K-V Test series person lie on hisher stomach; and while keeping the feet firm to the ground one need to lift the head and shoulders along with the chest off the ground for about ten seconds. Test number five’s posture is similar as fourth one; only addition is that one needs to lift knees straight off the ground for ten seconds.
Finally, in last test i.e. number six; one need to stand straight barefoot while both of the feet must be placed together firmly to the ground; then, while keeping the knees straight one needs to bend slowly so as to touch the ground with the fingertips. One needs to hold on in same posture for about three seconds. This test is really useful to gauze one’s fitness level and to understand what needs to be done to improve fitness level of a person who takes this test.