The Curl Up test measures abdominal strength.  Students need to keep their arms and fingers straight, feet on the ground, and curl 4 1/2 inches.  We use a board placed under the knees to measure this.  Click here to view your standard.



  • Keep arms straight

  • Head touches the ground on each curl up

  • Fingers start at the base of the board

  • Must touch the red line on each curl up

  • Must complete on pace with three second cadence

See the videos below for examples of how to improve your scores.


Modified exercises to increase curl up performance:

Leg Lifts

  • Helps improve abdominal strength.
  • Lay flat on the ground and lift your feet about 12 inches off the ground.  Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Do this for at least 3 sets.


  • A core exercise to help increase abdominals strength.
  • Lay on your back with your feet in the air and simulate pedaling a bike.
  • Do this for at least 3 sets of 20 second repetitions.


  • Helps improve muscular strength for your Oblique muscle group.
  • The Obliques assist the abdominals in the curl up movement.
  • Do this for at least 2 sets (each side) and 20 repetitions.