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Everyone has different fitness goals—running a marathon, performing 10,000 kettlebell swings, benching 1.5 or 2 times your body weight. But before you race toward your big goal, assess your starting point first. There are fundamental things you may have to train for today before you can think about tomorrow. Here are three tests to gauge how fit you are right now!

TEST 1: Plank Test

I’m a huge fan of Stuart McGill, Ph.D., a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and always sit in the front row whenever I go to hear him speak. This next test comes from him: Can you hold a perfect plank for two minutes?

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