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PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS

 

Students must meet each standard or they will not be allowed to attend or audit Academy classes. Please read the instructions below carefully, as the fitness tests must be administered exactly as required (by the Department of Public Safety).

Students should refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco or eating for two hours before the test and should stretch before and after each exercise to help prevent injuries.

New Mexico Department of Public Safety Training Center
ENTRY FITNESS STANDARDS - 40th PERCENTILE
#1 Upper Body Strength
1 minute maximum number of push-ups
Age
Male
Female Modified
Female Full Body
20-29
29
23
15
30-39
24
19
11
40-49
18
13
9
50-59
13
12
9
60+
10
5
9

 

For male pushups, the hands are placed about shoulder width apart. The test administrator places a fist on the ground below the applicant's chest (male applicants only). Starting from the 'up' position (elbows fully extended), the applicant must keep his back straight at all times and lower his body toward the floor until his chest touches the administrator's fist. The applicant then returns to the 'up' position. Resting is only allowed in the "up" position.

For female (modified) pushups, the applicant should have her knees on the ground with her back straight and her hands slightly ahead of the shoulders and shoulder width apart for the "up" position.

#2 Muscular Endurance
1 minute maximum number of sit-ups
Age
Male
Female
< 20
41
32
20-29
38
32
30-39
35
25
40-49
29
20
50-59
24
14
60+
19
16

 

The applicant starts by lying on his/her back with knees bent, heels flat on the floor, finger interlaced and placed behind the head. A partner holds their feet down firmly. In the 'up' position, the applicant should touch his/her elbows to his/her knees and then return until the shoulder blades touch the floor. Resting must be done in the 'up' position.

 

#3 Aerobic Power
1.5 Mile Run
Age
Male
Female
< 20
12:29
15:05
20-29
12:29
15:05
30-39
12:53
15:56
40-49
13:50
17:11
50-59
15:14
19:10
60+
17:19
20:55

 

#4 Muscular Endurance
300 meter run
Age
Male
Female
< 20
59.0
71.0
20-29
59.0
71.0
30-39
58.9
79.0
40-49
72.0
94.0
50-59
83.2
94.0
60+
83.2
94.0

 

These runs are timed by stopwatch on a smooth, level track.

 

#5 Flexibility
sit and reach -inches
Age
Male
Female
< 20
16.5
20.5
20-29
16.5
19.3
30-39
15.5
18.3
40-49
14.3
17.3
50-59
13.3
16.8
60+
12.5
15.5
Last Updated: 2013

For this assessment, you must start already warmed up and stretched with you shoes off. You will sit on the ground with your knees extended and feet against the box no further than 8" apart. You must lean forward without lunging or bobbing and reach as far along a yardstick (which will have the 15" mark on the edge of the box) as far as possible. You will repeat this twice more with the best score recorded. Exhaling on the reach is recommended.


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