Updated: Aug 17, 2020
This next test is one that measures the upper body muscular endurance of your client.
YMCA Bench Press Test
Purpose: To assess the muscular endurance of the upper body, but specifically the triceps, anterior deltoid, and pectoralis major muscles.
This one is relatively simple to administer, if you have a rack, a bench, a metronome, and finally a client with coordination.
➡️ Sometimes coordination makes this one difficult to implement, and if that is an issue, the pushup test would be a good alternative.
· Set metronome to 60 bpm (so participant will complete 30 lifts per minute)
Men will use 80 lb barbell,
Women will use 35 lb barbell
· Scoring is based on number of repetitions to fatigue
Client begins to strain forcibly or demonstrates severe discomfort
Fails to maintain proper technique over 2 consecutive reps
An isolated improper rep gets a warning; 2 consecutively poor reps gets test termination
If the client can no longer maintain correct cadence
Adhere strictly to the proper stop criteria & count correctly
Score is # performed consecutively (no time limit) without rest