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NCF Abdominal Curl Conditioning Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made. In the analysis, we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.


The NCF Abdominal Curl Conditioning Test's objective is to monitor the condition and tone of the athlete's abdominal muscles.

Required Resources

To conduct this test, you will require:

  • Gym mat
  • NCF Abdominal Curl Conditioning Test audiotape or CD
  • A tape recorder or CD Player
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

This test requires the athlete to perform sit-ups in time with beeps emitted from the CD or Tape.

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant starts the CD or Tape
  • The athlete follows the instructions given and performs sit-ups in time with the emitted beeps
  • The assistant starts the stopwatch at the start of the test
  • The assistant counts the number of sit-ups completed correctly
  • The assistant stops the stopwatch and records the time and the number of correctly completed sit-ups when the athlete can no longer keep in time with the beeps or when the sit-ups are not performed correctly


The following normative data, adapted from Ashok (2008)[1], is available for this test:

Stage Number of sit-ups
1 20 Poor Poor
2 42 Poor Fair
3 64 Fair Fair
4 89 Fair Good
5 116 Good Good
6 146 Good Very Good
7 180 Very Good Excellent
8 217 Excellent Excellent

For evaluating the athlete's performance, select the gender, enter the number of sit-ups and then select the 'Calculate' button.

Gender   Number of Sit-Ups  


Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's core strength.

Target Group

This test is suitable for all athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to how a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides various factors that may influence the results and test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made based on test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor training on the athlete's physical development.


  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • More than one athlete can conduct the test at the same time
  • Can be conducted indoors or outdoors


  • Specialist equipment required - CD and Player
  • Assistant required to administer the test


  1. ASHOK, C (2008) Test Your Fitness. Delhi: Kalpaz Publications. p.58

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work, then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2006) NCF Abdominal Curl Conditioning Test [WWW] Available from: [Accessed