Cleveland State University

CSU Fit Challenge



On Wednesday February, 26, the Cleveland State University Recreation Center will host the CSU Fit Challenge. The full challenge consists of 5 events testing muscular strength, muscular endurance, aerobic capacity, agility and explosiveness. Participants may choose to compete in only one event, a combination of events, or the full competition. Events can be completed in any order as decided by the individual competitor. All participants competing in the muscular strength test must report a perceived 1-rep maximum upon check-in for the judge to base their weights on.


From the time of check-in, competitors have 2 hours to complete the event if competing in the full competition, or 1 hour to complete the event if doing only chosen event(s).

  • Participants may check-in starting at 3:00 p.m.
  • Check-in closes at 8:00 p.m. for pre-registered participants.
  • Those who wish to register on the day of the event may do so until 7:00 p.m.
  • Registration is available online until Noon on February 25.

The cost to participate in the CSU Fit Games is $5 per person, and you will have the option to take part in all of the events or select events of your choosing.

Register early! The first 50 registered participants will receive a CSU Fit Challenge T-shirt!

Event Details

The CSU Fit Challenge consists of five events: Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Aerobic Capacity, Agility and Explosiveness. Rules for the event can be found here

Event Locations

Muscular Strength: Third Floor Weight Room
Muscular Endurance*: MAC Gym
Aerobic Capicity: Third Floor Track - Stretching Area
Agility*: MAC Gym
Explosiveness: Second Floor: Synergy Area

*Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, Muscular Endurance and Agility will only be available until 6:30 p.m.*

    Muscular Strength

    Chest Press
    Two warm-up sets must be performed prior to starting maximum lift attempts. Lifters starting position is with the back of the head, shoulders and buttock in contact with the flat bench surface. Feet must be flat on the floor. The signal to press is given when the bar is motionless on the chest area and under control. The chest area is defined to be approx. 2 in. below the top of the sternum. After the press command is given, the bar is pressed upward to straight arms length and held motionless until the audible "rack" command is given. The buttock must remain on the bench during the completion of the lift. No more than four maximum attempt will be allowed.

  • Deadlift
    Two warm-up sets must be performed prior to starting maximum lift attempts. The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifters feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands, and lifted upward with one movement until the lifter is standing erect. There is no signal given to begin the lift. The lifter begins the lift on his own when he/she feels they are ready. On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the lifter shall be standing erect. The shoulders will not be forward or rounded. The verbal command "down" will be given when the bar is motionless and the lifter is in the apparent finished position. No more than 4 maximum attempts will be allowed.
  • Muscular Endurance

    PLEASE NOTE: All weights are subject to change.

    2 rounds will be completed for time. All exercises must be done in the appropriate order (as listed below)

    Sled Drive
    Men: 90lbs
    Women: 50lbs
    Sled must be driven down the gym and pass the marked line. Once the participant crosses the line, the sled can be dropped and they may sprint down to the wall ball station.

    Wall Balls
    Men: 30, 20lbs. to 10in. target
    Women: 30, 14lbs. to 9in. target
    The appropriate weighted medicine ball must be taken from the bottom of a squat, hip crease below the knee, and thrown to hit the specified target. The center of the ball must hit the target at or above the specified height. If the ball does not hit the wall, it is a no rep.

    Men: 15, 100 lbs.
    Women: 15, 50 lbs.
    This is a standard barbell thruster in which the barbell moves from the bottom of a front squat to full lockout overhead. The bar starts on the ground. A full squat clean into the thruster is allowed. The hip crease must pass below the knees on the squat portion. The barbell must come to a full lockout overhead with the hips, knees and arms fully extended, and the bar directly over the body.

    Box Jump
    Men: 15, 24in. box
    Women: 15, 20in. box
    Every rep must begin with both feet on the floor. The rep finishes with the hips and knees fully open while in control on top of the box. You may jump or step up and down as long as both feet start on the ground and both feet end on the box in control.

    Aerobic Capacity

    Events must be completed in the following order: 1000meter row, 5 mile bike, 1 mile run. Time starts when participant begins first row motion. 1 mile run is equivalent to 11 laps of the track; competitors must stay within the middle lane, unless passing someone. Passing should be done to the outside. Time stops once participant crosses line on final lap of the run.


    The final recorded time will be an average of two attempts with three minutes rest between. The participant crouches behind cone 1 with their left hand on the middle of the cone, facing towards cone 5. Once the timer gives the signal, the participant then turns and runs to the right and touches cone 2. The participant must turn back and run to the center cone, before running out to the next cone; each cone must be touched, with the exception of cone 5. The time stops when the chest passes through the line of the final cone.


    The final recorded height will be the best of three attempts. The participant stands perpendicular to the wall and reaches up with the hand closest to the wall, keeping the feet flat on the ground. The point of the fingertips is marked and recorded as the standing reach height. For the jump, the participant may use both arms and legs to assist in projecting the body upwards. The jump is recorded as the distance between the standing reach height and the jump height.