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It’s Time to Get Physical

Stephanie Cabrera, Staff Writer

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It’s that time of the year again. Spring is here and P.E. classes will once again have to commence with their physical testing.

P.E. teachers are attempting to raise the bar when it comes to the student’s physical testing scores.

Physical fitness assessment and classes are part of state law. As a result, teachers are responsible for preparing students for these fitness tests.

Teachers are not only attempting to prepare their students through cardio running, circuit training and drills, but are also educating them about the importance of sleep and a healthy diet for one’s health.

The test consists of six areas: Aerobic Capacity, Abdominal Strength, Trunk Extension Strength, Upper Body Strength, Flexibility, and Body Composition.

These areas are tested through running a mile, curl-ups, trunk lifts, push-ups, sit and reach, shoulder stretch, and calculating Body Mass Index (BMI).

It’s not the first time that students have taken these tests. They were required to take these tests in March, April, or May of their 5th and 7th grade years.

“We try our best to practice running 2-3 times a week.”
– P.E. Teacher, Ms. Varela

Due to the student’s maturing bodies, the criteria has changed to suit the weight and age of our 9th and 10th graders. May the physical testing commence.

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