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Trunk Lift Test Fitnessgram

The trunk lift test is a physical fitness test that measures the flexibility and strength of a student’s lower back and hamstrings. 

It’s part of the FitnessGram assessment, a physical fitness evaluation program for school-aged children.  Other tests in this assessment include the fitness gram pacer and curl-up tests.

The trunk lift fitnessgram test measures the muscles in your core and lower back, essential for overall strength.

Other components of the FitnessGram test include the following:

How to do the Trunk Lift

In this post, I will show you the correct way to do the trunk lift test.

  • Lay on the mat face down, toes pointed. 
  • Place a coin or other marker on the floor in line with the student’s eyes. 
  • During movement, the eye’s focus should not move from this marker. 
  • Place hands under thighs. 
  • Lift the body off the floor in a very slow and controlled manner to a maximum height of 12 inches, keeping the head aligned with the spine.
  • Hold this position long enough to allow the tester to measure.
  • Return to the starting position in a controlled manner.
  • Repeat and record the highest of the two scores.

Here are some form breaks for the trunk lift: 

  • One of the form breaks is to keep your students from bouncing on the way up. 
  • And the second form break that you want to prevent your kids from doing is going above 12 inches.
George N.