The Fitness Quotient

The Fitness Quotient
Edgar Michael T. Eufemio

We have all heard about how the intelligence quotient (IQ) and the emotional quotient (EQ) can be used as predictors of educational attainment, career and income.  There should also be an examination that can assess an individual’s physical condition and actually narrow down the list of athletes who may, one day, achieve world-class status.  A fitness quotient.  FQ!

We would like to present The Peak Form FQ Test.

The first step was to list THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL TEST.  It must:

  1. Measure the different components of fitness
  2. Be standardized to height and weight
  3. Have a numerical scoring system
  4. Be reproducible
  5. Be able to compare results
  6. Use functional movements
  7. Be finished in a short period

THE COMPONENTS WE WANTED TO MEASURE:

  1. Strength
  2. Explosiveness
  3. Speed
  4. Agility
  5. Coordination
  6. Balance
  7. Flexibility
  8. Endurance
  9. Recovery
  10. Mental

The next task was to come up with the stations.  Since we started out with ten aspects, we decided on ten posts, each with a mean score of ten points.  A total of 100 will mean a participant is average.  One can score more or less than ten, depending on how they perform in each stop.

Other investigations have been designed to measure overall fitness.  Criticisms are that they either have too many stations, too few or use arbitrary formulas to calculate the scores.  More importantly, they used the same conditions for everybody, whatever the height or weight.  In addition, not all components are analyzed.  We took all of these into consideration when we came up with our challenge.