By Trainer Alissa Kharitonova

If you hired a trainer and your first sessions they don’t perform a Fitness assessment, it’s a red flag. That could mean that the trainer might be not having enough experience or education.

Fitness assessments identify your physical strengths and weaknesses. For example, you might have great stamina and endurance to complete cardio workouts, but limited upper body strength. Your trainer can use this knowledge to build a suitable fitness routine that will amplify your strengths and improve on your weaknesses

The purposes of assessment are to gather baseline data and to provide a basis for developing goals and effective exercise programs. Gathering and evaluating the various pieces of information gives your personal trainer a broader perspective. The process and the data collected assist the trainer in identifying potential areas of injury and reasonable starting points for recommended intensities and volumes of exercise based on the goals and fitness outcomes.


Exercise-related injuries are unfortunately a very common occurrence, particularly for beginners. Fitness assessments can’t eliminate your chance of injury entirely, but they will certainly help your trainer diagnose any potential weak areas so that they can be monitored more closely. They may also help you to recognize health risks you weren’t aware of before.

Why Have a Fitness Test

Assess your current fitness level

Help identify fitness goals, interests and motivation for exercising-

Determine any current health conditions, risks or limitations

Identify appropriate training options

Track your progress and evaluate program success

To create a one-on-one relationship and establish appropriate expectations for both the client and the fitness trainer

Examples of Fitness Assessment:

Cardiorespiratory endurance

Muscular strength

Muscular endurance


Body composition.

When performing a postural Assessment the following is getting screened:

  • Head
  • Upper back
  • Shoulders
  • Pelvis.
  • Knees
  • Feet

The Most Popular Fitness Tests Performed

Push-up Test

Sprint Test

Sit-up Test

Bruce Test

Illinois Agility

Sit and Reach


Handgrip Strength

Vertical Jump

Having a Fitness Assessment can offer you some valuable information and knowledge that give you real direction in your workout program. We recommend that anyone serious about getting results start their program with a complimentary Fitness Assessment, and get reassessed every 90 days to measure progress and reset goals.

If you would like to schedule your Free Fitness Assessment please call or text (760)880-9904. Our Trainers are available to come at your convenience. Visit our website for more details at