PEAK Form, the country’s first sports recovery center, will launch its Fitness Challenge on May 18.
Created by Dr. Eufemio Michael 'Gar' Eufemio, the Peak Form Fitness Quotient or FQTest can be used by people of all ages to gauge their overall fitness level.
Strength and explosiveness, speed and agility, coordination, balance and flexibility, endurance and recovery and even mental strategy will be tested and measured using 10 different stations - vertical rope pull, box jump, suspension cable push up, balance board, horizontal rope pull, gang plank, sand bag throw, cone run, sit up shot and ball up, ball down.
According to lawyer Edson Eufemio, Gar’s brother and partner, around 100 participants are expected to attend the May 18 event, which starts at 11 a.m. at the Atrium of the Fisher Mall along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. All participants will first undergo a preliminary check-up before doing the test.
Participants will be given a numerical score after completing all stations in the one-day event supported by Chris Sports, the official fitness and sports equipment partner, MelMac Sports Management, Spectrumed Inc., Sonya Trading and GNC.
“We all know about the IQ or Intelligence Quotient Test. There is also the EQ or Emotional Quotient, which tests a child’s ability to delay gratification,” explains Dr. Gar, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy.
“Just like an IQ test, we were looking for a way to objectively measure one's fitness level. We wanted a test that measures all aspects of fitness, not just strength, speed and endurance. More importantly, we wanted it to be personalized to one’s physical dimensions. This has never been done before.”
The FQ stations incorporate only basic functional movements like pushing and pulling, throwing and lifting, twisting and turning, running and jumping – things that any individual can do, regardless of fitness level.
The test uses both specially fabricated equipment (designed by a team headed by partner FD Santos) as well as standard gym gear such as kettle bells, sand bags, medicine balls, suspension cables, battle ropes, trampolines, balance balls and pads (from Chris Sports).
All the stations are adjusted to one’s height, weight and even wingspan so the FQ score of a shorter, lighter female athlete can be compared to a taller and heavier male. Thus, it is effectively a “pound-for-pound-inch-for-inch” measure to find out “who is the fittest of them all."
Celebrities as well as elite and professional athletes will participate in the event. It will also be open to the public. Registration will be at all Chris Sports outlets - Fisher Mall, SM North EDSA main SM Annex, SM Megamall, Glorietta and SM Mall of Asia.