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GCSE PE - Theory Section 1.1: 1.4 Testing and Training

A guide to theory section 1.1 for your GCSE PE course

Overview of Testing and Training

Topic 1.1.4:  Physical activity as part of your healthy, active lifestyle

Students should be able to:

1. Assess personal readiness (PAR-Q)

2. Assess fitness levels for use in an exercise programme (tests for health-related exercise: Cooper’s 12-minute run test, hand grip strength test, sit and reach flexibility test, Harvard Step Test, treadmill test; tests for skill-related fitness: Illinois Agility Run test, standing stork test, Sergeant Jump test, standing broad jump, ruler drop test, 30-metre sprint, three ball juggle)

3. Describe, explain and apply the principles of training:

  • progressive overload
  • specificity
  • individual differences/needs
  • rest and recovery

4. Explain the components of the FITT principle (Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type), noting overlap with other principles of training, and how application of this principle can lead to improved competence and performance

5. Explain the term ‘reversibility’, why it might occur and its impact on Performance

6. Explain the value of goal setting in terms of planning, developing and maintaining regular involvement in healthy, physical activity

7. Describe, explain and apply the principles of setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) targets

8. Describe the following methods of training:

  • interval
  • continuous
  • Fartlek
  • circuit
  • weight
  • cross

and explain how they can improve health and fitness, by helping to develop physical and mental capacity, and their relationships with the components of fitness

9. Link methods of training to specific physical activities based on the associated health-related exercise and skill-related fitness requirements

Fitness Testing

Performance Evaluation Tests

Performance is an assessment of how well a task is executed and the success of a training program is largely dependent upon satisfying the performance aims associated with it.

How can performance be monitored?

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made.

Fitness Testing Videos