SFB Bodyweight Certification Requirements

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

The Instructor candidates must pass two tests:

  1. Teaching safely and effectively.
  2. Strength test.

The teaching test is administered at the end of the Certification.

Candidates have a choice of taking the strength test during the Certification or submitting a video up to 6 months after the end of the Certification.

THE STRENGTH TEST

  • Men—one-arm/one leg pushup; one side is tested.
  • Masters Men (50 years and over)—one-arm pushup with feet at shoulder width. (NEW 2019-01-01)
  • Women—one-arm pushup with feet at shoulder width; one side is tested.
  • Masters Women (50 years and over)—6-8” elevated one-arm pushup with feet at shoulder width. (NEW 2019-01-01)

SFB Testing Standard Updates

Effective November 1, 2019, we have added two tests to the instructor certification requirements as follows:

The Instructor candidates must pass four tests:

  1. Teaching safely and effectively.
  2. Strength test.
  3. Pistol test. (completed with the strength test)
  4. Pull-up test. (completed on day one)

The teaching test is administered at the end of the Certification.

Candidates have a choice of taking the strength test during the Certification or submitting a video up to 6 months after the end of the Certification.

THE STRENGTH TEST

  • Men—one-arm/one-leg pushup; one side is tested.
  • Masters Men—one-arm pushup with feet at shoulder width.
  • Women—one-arm pushup with feet at shoulder width.
  • Masters Women—6-8” elevated one-arm pushup with feet at shoulder width.

THE PISTOL TEST

  • Men and Women—below parallel pistol on one leg.
  • Masters Men and Women—box pistol to below parallel on one leg.

THE PULL-UP TEST

  • Men—5 dead hang pull-ups.
  • Masters Men—1 pull-up.
  • Women—1 pull-up/chin-up or a 45-second flexed-arm hang.
  • Masters Women—30-second flexed-arm hang (chin-up grip).

Videos of the new tests will be posted shortly.

 

Testing exemptions

In rare cases a highly accomplished, national or international-level coach or athlete may be exempt from the strength or technique tests due to chronic injury. The same exemption is available for veteran military, law enforcement and first responders. These exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests for a testing exemption can be sent here.