Curl-Up Abdominal Endurance Test

Coaches and athletes can use the Curl-Up abdominal endurance test to assess this aspect of core strength.

What's The Point?

All athletes need strong abs this core area is the link between your limbs, crucial for balance, agility and the application of strength.

The Curl-Up abdominal endurance test is an effective way to assess your development in this vital area.

What Do You Need?

  • A flat surface
  • A mat
  • A watch
  • A partner

How Do You Do The Test?

  • Lie on the mat with your knees bent, your feet flat on the floor. Your feet should not be held.
  • With your hands resting on your thighs, slowly lift your chest, using your abs.
  • As you lift, slide your hands up your thighs until your fingertips touch your knee.
  • Perform these slowly, under control a complete curl should take 3 seconds (i.e. 20 reps per minute).
  • Return slowly to the starting position
  • Repeat as many times as possible
  • Record the total number completed

What Results You'll See

By comparing your results with previous attempts you can analyze your progress. You can also refer to the following normative data.

Male Athletes

Classification <35 35 - 44 >45
Excellent 60 50 40
Good 45 40 25
Fair 30 25 15
Poor 15 10 5


Female Athletes

Classification <35 35 - 44 >45
Excellent 50 40 30
Good 40 25 15
Fair 25 15 10
Poor 10 6 4


What's Being Measured Again?

This is an effective way to measure the endurance of your abdominal muscles.

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