Select sex and enter information in left column. 'Repetitions'
is the number of times subject curls weight within 30 seconds.
Click "Calculate". Evaluates arm flexor strength endurance
for seniors, 60 through 94 years of age.
Instruct the subject:
"Do the best you can on each test item, but never
push yourself to a point of overexertion or beyond what you think
is safe for you."
Subject should be encouraged to perform a trial of one or
two repetitions without weight before test to clarify form.
Test administrator provides test instructions to subject,
keeps time, counts number of repetitions completed in 30 seconds,
and announces when time has been completed. Normal ranges are
between the 25th and 75th percentiles as indicated by score.
The elbow flexors are used in normal everyday activities such
as carrying groceries, lifting a suitcase, and picking up grandchildren.
The 30 second arm curl test is a good predictor of arm flexor
strength as well as overall upper body strength. Most participants,
including those with arthritis, have found this test can be performed
without much discomfort and were less bothered by this test as
compared to the maximum grip strength protocol commonly performed
in other test batteries.