Description of Police Officer Physical Fitness Tests

Saint Paul Police Academy Fitness Program

Academy recruits will complete fitness testing prior to academy entrance to assess their physical fitness. It is recommended to physically prepare for the academy and be able to pass one or both of the fitness tests to be best prepared. Recruits are required to pass either fitness test before graduating from the academy.

The Saint Paul Police Department offers two options for fitness testing. Both tests include a waist measurement to assess body composition.

Anaerobic Power

Option #1: 2000 meter row on a Concept 2 indoor rowing machine.

Concept 2 Rowing Video

2000 Meter Row

MEN

AGE

 

WOMEN

AGE

20-29

30-39

40-49

 

20-29

30-39

40-49

Weight (in pounds)

130

9:48

9:55

10:07

 

Weight (in pounds)

100

10:03

10:09

10:14

140

9:38

9:46

9:59

 

110

9:58

10:03

10:09

150

9:29

9:37

9:50

 

120

9:52

9:58

10:05

160

9:19

9:28

9:42

 

130

9:46

9:53

10:00

170

9:09

9:19

9:34

 

140

9:40

9:48

9:55

180

9:00

9:10

9:26

 

150

9:35

9:42

9:50

190

8:50

9:00

9:18

 

160

9:29

9:37

9:46

200

8:41

8:51

9:10

 

170

9:23

9:32

9:41

210

8:31

8:42

9:01

 

180

9:17

9:27

9:36

220

8:21

8:33

8:53

 

190

9:11

9:21

9:31

230

8:12

8:24

8:45

 

200

9:06

9:16

9:27

240

8:02

8:15

8:37

 

210

9:00

9:11

9:22

250

7:52

8:06

8:29

 

220

8:54

9:06

9:17

Option #2: Physical Fitness Test consisting of a vertical jump, choice of a 1 repetition maximum barbell bench press or an un-timed pushups test, and a 1.5 mile run.

 

Physical Fitness Test Minimum Standards

 

 

                 

 

MEN

AGE

 

WOMEN

AGE

20-29

30-39

40-49

 

20-29

30-39

40-49

Vertical Jump

21.5

20

17

 

Vertical Jump

15.9

13.2

11.5

Pushups

37

30

24

 

Pushups

20

18

14

Bench Press

1.14

0.98

0.88

 

Bench Press

0.65

0.6

0.54

1.5 Mile Run

14:43

14:43

14:43

 

1.5 Mile Run

14:43

14:43

14:43

Body Composition Analysis

The Saint Paul Police Department offers two options for fitness testing. Both tests include a waist measurement to assess body composition.

Waist Measurement:

Men: less than 40 inches                       Women: less than 35 inches

Cardiovascular Endurance Testing

1.5 mile run: This run is a measure of cardiovascular endurance or aerobic power. This is important for performing tasks involving stamina and endurance. It will also help minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. It will be performed utilizing an outdoor track or treadmill.

Muscular Endurance Assessment

One minute timed sit-ups: The sit-up has long been recognized as a practical method of testing abdominal muscular endurance. This is important for performing tasks that involve the use of force. It helps maintain good posture and reduce lower back problems. The individual is instructed to perform as many bent-kneed sit-ups as possible in one minute.

Muscular Strength Assessment

Pushups: The test will measure the muscular endurance of the upper body muscles in the shoulders,chest and triceps. This is an un-timed event in which the individual will conduct as many pushups as possible until muscle failure. The individual must lower their torso just below the level of their elbows for a repetition to count.

Explosive Power

Vertical jump: This test measures the ability to move from a standing stationary position to rapidly reacting. A variety of law enforcement tasks require explosive power including climbing stairs and jumping fences. The individual is instructed to jump straight up from a standing position.