NCF abdominal conditioning test is designed to assess strength endurance by the use of repeating sit-ups, this audio CD provides a testing protocol and training programme for developing abdominal strength endurance.
The Abdominal Curl Strength Endurance Test is a conventional sit-up based adaption of the successful bleep test. The general condition or tone of the abdominal muscles is a vital component of fitness for a variety of different sports. These include soccer, rugby, athletics, hockey, racket sports, cricket and all other sport where turning, stretching and impact forces experienced place a considerable load on the abdominal area.
NCF abdominal conditioning test involves the continuous performance of abdominal curls in time with an audio signal, consisting of a bleep emitted from the CD player. The Abdominal Curl Conditioning Test does not exclusively measure either aerobic or the anaerobic capacity of the abdominal muscles.
The best description is that in the early stages, the muscles are mainly working aerobically at slow rates of contraction but then begin to work anaerobically as the rate of contraction increases. Research carried out using this test on male and female members of international squads has shown that it can effectively differentiate between individuals who have good or poor conditioning of their abdominal muscles.
The user booklet has been written as part of a package, designed to describe the function and importance of the abdominal muscles within a sport. A simple field test to assess the general conditioning of the abdominal muscles is also described, which can easily be conducted in conjunction with the enclosed audio CD.