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How to Prepare for the Physical Test

Please review this information to better help you prepare for the Physical Performance Test.
This page was last updated on March 3, 2014.

View a video of the Physical Performance Test.

The City of Saint Paul believes early preparation for this test will improve your performance on this exam. The following fitness centers are offering training programs that have been approved by the City of Saint Paul, to assist you in training for the physical performance test. The City cannot guarantee any preparation method over another will result in successful completion of the test, or a career on the Saint Paul Fire Department, however, we do encourage you to begin training for this test. Members of the fitness centers below will have access to the Saint Paul Fire training site and equipment. Contact them for more information!

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                      CrossFit Templar                                Derived Beings CrossFit
            Sean Flaherty - 612-860-4411                Ramar Harper - 612-817-3133
                                                                                                         Brian Coleman - 651-334-9162
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            CrossFit - The Athlete Lab                               Allegiance Fitness
           Kate Klaers - 612-770-4322                Megan Higginbotham - 763-783-3501
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             The YMCA                                                                         Stillwater Workhouse CrossFit                         
  Morgan Johnson - 651-292-4147                             Visit our Facebook Page!

                   Amy Schmeling - 651-999-9533
    Approved Locations:                                            Jesse Schmeling - 651-399-9365             
            St. Paul - Downtown, Midway, Eastside                    s          
            Minneapolis, Downtown
            Eagan and Shoreview
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           Life Time Fitness of Woodbury                 Anytime Fitness of Apple Valley and Eagan
            Visit our Facebook Page!                     Apple Valley: Vincent Gibbs - 952-432-0100
    Call 651-735-6000                                         
                                                                                                            Eagan: Aaron Blackmore - 651-686-4667
Gary Larson  ext. 114315  Email:                           
Sarah Pollock  ext. 114328  Email:
Meghan Roth  ext. 112252  Email:

For detailed information about the physical performance test, including stations and weight specifications, click here.
For suggestions on how to prepare for the physical performance test,
click here.

Click here for physical test written instructions for candidates.


Physical Performance Test Time

Physical Performance Test Band Score

Less than 3 minutes, 30 seconds


3 minutes, 30 seconds – 4 minutes, 14 seconds


4 minutes, 15 seconds – 4 minutes, 59 seconds


5 minutes – 5 minutes, 44 seconds


5 minutes, 45 seconds – 7 minutes


More than 7 minutes


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