Curling up with physical fitness
By Julie Matuszewski; photo courtesy of DCS Montessori
New records were made during the DCS Montessori (DCSM) youth physical fitness test. Earlier in the school year, students completed two fitness tests measuring upper body strength. Push-ups and abdominal curl-ups were both part of the test. Demonstrating the student’s endurance, each exercise was performed to fatigue.
Sixth grade student Jack Buan completed 411 curl-ups without stopping. For sixth grade boys, the range for the healthy fitness zone, according to the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) is 28 curl-ups, which Jack far exceeded.
DCSM fitness instructor KT Staffaroni will test the students again in the spring. The purpose of the fitness test is to encourage goal setting and improve strength. The PYFP is a national program used in many schools and is coordinated by FitnessGram, an assessment program that measures student fitness levels. FitnessGram focuses on health and lifelong physical activity.