Town of Antrim, NH
Physical Fitness Requirements
The Antrim Police Department administers physical fitness tests as a requirement for appointment. The standards utilized are the same as those required by the NH Police Standards and Training Council. Information contained herein is located in the Administrative Rules, Training Rules, and Technical Assistance Manual published by NH Police Standards and Training Council

Do not take the physical fitness test lightly. It is more difficult than it appears. Your chances for passing the test will be greatly increased if adequate preparatory training has been undertaken. Physical training should emphasize cardio-respiratory (heart/lung) fitness, strength and muscular endurance, and flexibility. Running, weight training, and stretching exercises are three of the best approaches.

Test Battery
Candidates must pass ALL events to be appointed by the Antrim Police Department and/or to gain admission to the NH Police Academy.

One-Repetition Bench Press
This is a test of adequate muscular strength, or the amount of tension a muscle can exhibit in one maximal contraction. Since the bench press goes through the full range of motion, it correlates well with total body strength criterion. The equipment required is either a barbell bench and a barbell set, or a Universal D.V.R., with adequate weight capacity. The person in charge estimates the weight that an individual can press in one maximum effort, by loading the weights to either about one-half the estimated maximum weight, or for males, two-thirds of their body weight; or for females, one-half of their body weight. The individual is then instructed to press this weight once, for an easy warm-up. The weight is then increased to the target weight. The person will attempt to lift the target weight once. The person will then be asked to lift weights one time in additional increments until they reach the maximum effort. The score is the maximum pounds lifted in one repetition. (If universal equipment is used, record the numbers on the right.) Entry will be at the 35th and exit at the 50th percentile for Academy standards.

Bench Press
Males
Females
Age
Entry
Entry
18 - 29
.96
.58
30 - 39
.86
.52
40 - 49
.78
.48
50 - 59
.70
.43
60 - 69
.65
.41
Multiply X Body Weight

Push-Ups
These test muscular endurance, or the ability to contract the muscles repeatedly over a period of time, which indicates efficiency in movement and the capacity to do work. It focuses on the shoulder girdle (deltoids, pectorals, and triceps) that is important in defensive tactics, handcuffing, and rescue operations. Candidates must keep their legs and back straight and knees off the ground at all times and from the "up" position, lower themselves to the floor until their chest touches to within 3", then push to the "up" position again. The total number of push-ups with correct form are recorded as the score. There is no time limit on this test. Females are allowed to use the modified female push-up position (knees touching floor and feet crossed). Entry will be at the 35th and exit at the 50th percentile.

Push-ups
Males
Females
Age
Entry
Entry
18 - 29
27
22
30 - 39
21
17
40 - 49
16
11
50 - 59
11
10
60 - 69
9
4

Sit-Ups
This event measures the muscular endurance of the abdominal area, which is important in the prevention of injuries while doing police work. The candidate lies on his/her back, knees bent, heels flat on the floor, with a partner holding the feet down, then does as many sit-ups in correct form as possible in one minute. Starting in the "up" position, with hands cupped around the ears, candidates must touch their elbows to their knees, and both shoulders should touch the floor in the "down" position. If the hands come off the ears, the sit-up is not counted. The score is the number of correct sit-ups in one minute. Entry will be at the 35th and exit at the 50th percentile.

Sit-ups
Males
Females
Age
Entry
Entry
18 - 29
37
31
30 - 39
33
24
40 - 49
28
19
50 - 59
22
12
60 - 69
18
5

1.5 Mile Timed Run
This is a test of the aerobic power that is so important to police officers when responding physically in an emergency situation. This test requires a nearly exhaustive effort, or at least at the level of the higher intensities at which the individual has been training. It takes place on an indoor or outdoor track equal to 1.5 miles, or other suitable, relatively level running area, and is measured with a stopwatch. Participants should not eat for at least two hours before the test. The individual should do some stretching and warm-up exercises prior to the test. Candidates will enter the academy at the 35th and exit after 12 weeks at the 50th percentile.
Timed Run
Males
Females
Age
Entry
Entry
18 - 29
12.53
15.32
30 - 39
13.25
16.43
40 - 49
14.10
17.38
50 - 59
15.53
19.43
60 - 69
17.49
22.03
                                                                      
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