The Fitness Assessment is the first step to deciding what program or class is best for the youth. NFD has the YES! Fitness program which has 1000's of hours of participation and has been proven to show results when followed by the clients.
Offering a free initial fitness assessment allows guests to learn their current fitness level and identify areas for growth. Through careful observation, asking about goals, and a completed fitness assessment, the YES! Certified Coach can recommend the best plan of action and program for success. Accurate results are necessary, so it is important to follow a strict protocol when conducting a fitness assessment. Even the warm –up plays an integral part in the assessment as the coach will observe movement, coordination and response to auditory cues to identify any areas of concern. For a guest, this is often their first interaction with a coach. We take the time to engage them, keep in mind that many youth will feel a little anxious about “testing,” so we try to explain and put them at ease. High fives and encouragement goes a long way! Your coach should identify any special circumstances before the assessment through an introduction and asking a few questions about goals and why the family visited NFD. During the assessment, the coach will be encouraging, upbeat and engaging. This is the HEART of YES! in action!
The Initial Fitness Assessment is the best tool to measure baseline fitness, and consists of exercises designed to measure specific areas of overall conditioning. Subsequent assessments help measure improvement, determine areas for continued attention and create and achieve goals.
Initial Fitness Assessment Tools
The Sit & Reach: The sit and reach test is an important functional measure of hip region flexibility, including the lower back and hamstring muscles (the back of the legs).
The Thirty Second Push Up Test: The push up test is commonly used as a general test of upper body strength.
The One Minute Step Test: The one minute step test measures coordination and endurance over an extended
period of time.
The Standing Broad Jump: The broad jump measures lower body strength and horizontal explosive power of the legs.
The Dynamic Vertical Jump: The vertical jump measures lower body strength through vertical explosiveness.
The Nine Dot Drill: The nine dot drill assessment is designed to measure coordination and spatial awareness.
The Power Assessment adds three tests to the Initial Assessment tests. These test are designed to measure youths speed and agility.
Power Assessment Tools
The Five-Ten-Five Drill and Ten Yard Dash are added to the initial list of assessments.