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realFIT is more than a data services and scoring platform - it is a rational effort to face a massive challenge. Without a disciplined approach, our fitness levels will continue a frighteningly downward spiral. Moreover, health insurers, employers and other organizations have started to adjust pricing based on individual measurements. Fitness testing will become commonplace over time, just as drug screening, background checks and intelligence assessments have become accepted forms of the employment process.
We are dedicated to providing the right data to make good decisions. We know this journey will not be easy and that we will face inevitable resistance. We embrace our role and we trust that many other individuals and organizations share our passion. We are not alone.
Many factors influence overall health, including nutrition, lifestyle, and more - but we believe that significant improvement comes from from raising personal fitness levels. We support everyone who is working to improve health from every angle. Our focus is purely fitness.
We have countless statistics for every sport, but no agreement on what it means to be fit. We have developed a language for the definition and measurement of fitness. (link to blog post here). We do not have all the answers, but want to work with others who share our mission.
Self-reported performance data is helpful, but notoriously unreliable. For every realFIT test and score, we offer the option to certify results. Our realFIT Certified™ approach ensures accuracy of data and comparability across groups. Certification is provided through a network of Certified Officials, the backbone of the realFIT community, who receive special training and tools to certify results.
Too many fitness tests are focused purely on minimum performance expectations, rather than rewarding excellence. We provide clear performance standards, and our flagship realFITscore absolute standard is even independent of age or gender. In many cases, we have multiple standards for the same test, which allows individuals to choose the most appropriate target for their objective.
We believe in consistent and rigorous measurement across the board. Without a set of rules, we cannot compare results. For example, even for a simple fitness test like a pull up, there are widely different definitions. Even the Army and Navy disagree!
We do not endorse any workout program and celebrate all paths to fitness. Athleticism comes in many forms and we measure both sport-specific fitness and general fitness. Our data shows that high levels of fitness are everywhere, regardless of
We recognize participation, but also reward achievement. We have scales and standards for every level of fitness, and not everyone wants to break a world record. However, we do encourage everyone to set goals and challenge themselves as much as possible.