The FitnessGram assesses three components of physical fitness which have been identified as being important because of their relationship to overall health and optimal function. They are:

    Aerobic Capacity - two options
        1) Pacer - 20 meter shuttle run
        2) One mile walk/run

    Body Composition - two options
        1) Percent of body fat - calculated from triceps and calf muscle
        2) Body mass index - height and weight

    Muscle Strength, Endurance and Flexibility -

        Abdominal Strength
            Must select - Curl-up test 

        Upper Body Strength - must select one
            Modified pull-up
            Flexed arm hang

        Trunk Extensor Strength & Flexibility
            Must select - Trunk lift

        Flexibility - must select one
            Back-saver-sit and reach
            Shoulder stretch

    Our long term objective is to develop students who are regularly active, able to self-assess their fitness levels, interpret assessment results, plan personal programs and motivate themselves to adhere to the program.

    The philosophy of the FitnessGram is 1) Fitness is for a lifetime. 2) Fitness is for everyone. 3) Fitness is fun and enjoyable.

    The goal of the FitnessGram is to recognize all children who are physically active and who are able to achieve scores in the Health Fitness Zone. A FitnessGram report card is available to be sent home to parents of each child taking the test.

    Letter Home to Parents

    Dear Parent/Guardian,


    Senate Bill 530 requires beginning with the 2007-08 school year, that the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment be administered to all students in grades 3-12. FITNESSGRAM is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research and is a research-based criterion referenced test.   

    Granbury High School considers FITNESSGRAM a quality assessment for three reasons:


    1.        FITNESSGRAM establishes a baseline of a healthy fitness zone from which students can set goals and check their progress (non-competitive) to plan for lifelong physical activity and to maintain and improve their fitness level. Health-related fitness assessment measures students’ aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition.

    2.        FITNESSGRAM provides recommended activity program options that will help students reach healthy fitness zones in those areas where they need to improve.

    3.        FITNESSGRAM does not place an emphasis on skill or sports-related fitness such as speed measured by an individual’s 40 yard dash time. It does not compare students to other students.


    FITNESSGRAM tests all students regardless of age, gender, or ability. Students are encouraged to be self-aware of health-related fitness and take responsibility by setting personal fitness goals. When students focus on the process of doing their personal best, a more positive lifelong impact is achieved.


    Each student in PE will begin testing in January and testing will continue until completed.


    A copy of your child’s FITNESSGRAM assessment will be sent home at the conclusion of our campus level assessments.  Emma believes by providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, you can lead your child toward a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.


    If you have any questions about the FITNESSGRAM Assessment, please contact Doug Kissinger, Physical Education (817-408-4694) or refer to the following website: http://www.FITNESSGRAM .net/texas/.



    Doug Kissinger





    Physical Education

    Granbury High School



Last Modified on August 17, 2010