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The Platinum Fitness Challenge is the universal fit-for-work fitness test.

 

The Fit for Work Test is designed to:

 

encourage employees to keep themselves fit and healthy to the best of their ability

 

 

highlight which of your staff are at risk to your workers compensation arrangements

 

 

provide evidence of to support or reject workers compensation claims

 

 

determine which staff have the physical competence to do exceptionally demanding work, especially that required in elite forces

 

People who can reach the 'gold standard' are definitely in work-fit condition.

 

In most occupations, people need a minimum of strength and aerobic fitness to do the job without breaking down, to do the job that normal fit and healthy people take in their stride. Even sitting on a chair all day requires a certain amount of fitness, without which, over the years and decades people become dysfunctional and in pain.

 

It's suitable for use by 'regular folks' and elite force personnel. It's an essential diagnostic assessment tool for determining health status.

 

The strength tests are based on three of the most universal strength training exercises - squats, situps and pressups. These are tests that can be trained for at home.

 

Administration

 

The award system is easy to administer. The strength tests are the same tests as you'd use to improve your strength at home. The aerobic fitness test requires participants to see how many laps of a 20m course they can complete in five minutes. It's an adapted version of the 'beep' test - as a reliable and valid and easier to administer.

 

It's important you do the tests in the order recommended. Do the 20m run test first. If you don't do the squats last, your scores on the 20m run and feet-held situps will be compromised. Doing pressups before sit-ups will compromise your situps score.

 

The tests

 

1.

AEROBIC FITNESS

 

20m run

How many times can you run between two lines 20m apart in 5 minutes.

 

One foot must go beyond the line at the end of each lap.

 

It may take you several attempts to work out what the best speed to start off with. You can run, jog or walk. You can slow down to a walk if you need to. You must stop of you feel you could be doing yourself a grievous metabolic harm.

 

If you're in very poor metabolic heath, start off with a slow walk and over the weeks and months gradually pick up the pace. Consult your physician if you feel you may be in very poor cardio-vascular health.

 

 

 

 

2.

ABDOMINAL STRENGTH

 

Situps - feet held - maximum consecutive number until you can't do any more - feet held, hands clasping opposite shoulders, coming up so elbows touch the knees, upper back (not head) hitting the ground.

 

 

 

3.

UPPER BODY STRENGTH

 

Pressups - maximum consecutive number until you can't do any more - men on toes, women on knees.

 

Women make sure you're on the front of your thighs and that your knees, bottom and shoulders are in a straight line.

 

 

 

4.

 

LEG STRENGTH

 

Squat - number of times you can squat down so your backside is close to your heels and stand-up (straight) until you can't do any more.

 

Start standing up.

 

 

Do the situps, pressups and squats to exhaustion. No stopping for a breather. Once you stop you're out.

 

Additional tests

 

Hand, wrist, arm and shoulder strength

If there is a bar available, we recommend an additional test of hand, wrist, arm and shoulder strength that involved seeing how long you can hand from a bar.

Flexibility

Two supplementary tests of flexibility will be useful to predict whether people are at risk of lower back pain.

 

-  how close you can get to touching your toes with your wrists.

 

Whether you can sit up straight, with legs crossed and hands clasped behind your back. If you fall backwards you score zero.             

           

 

The Platinum Fit-for-Work Award

 

The award is based on the lowest points scored for a particular test item. For example if you do 34 20mrun laps, 40 pressups, 30 squats and 10 situps, the 10 situps counts as the lowest score and you qualify for the 'amber' award.

 

 

 

 

Level

 

Award

Pressups

Situps

Squats

Hang

20m run laps

Award

 
               

Men

Women

   
 

10

 

Platinum

70

70

70

70

55

52

   
 

9

 

Diamond

60

60

60

60

53

50

   
 

8

 

Ruby

50

50

50

50

50

47

   
 

7

 

Emerald

40

40

40

40

45

43

   
 

6

 

Gold

30

30

30

30

40

37

   
 

5

 

Silver

25

25

25

25

37

34

   
 

4

 

Bronze

20

20

20

20

34

30

   
 

3

 

Green

15

15

15

15

30

26

   
 

2

 

Amber

10

10

10

10

25

22

   
 

1

 

Red

5

5

5

5

22

20

   
 

0

 

Black

<5

<5

<5

<5

<22

<20

   

 

Standards

 

The bronze standard is readily achievable by people who have a regular aerobic fitness and strength training program. It's our Fit-for-Work standard. In our estimation, people who can't achieve it are not fit for work.

 

The gold standard is readily achievable by people in good physical condition.

 

The platinum award is readily achievable by people who are highly trained and in excellent physical condition, particularly people in elite forces. Having said that, it's a tough assignment.

 

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