Physical Fitness Test

McKinney Police Physical Fitness Examination


The physical fitness examination comes after you successfully complete the written examination. We highly encourage you to hydrate yourself properly before the test date and to bring water with you the day of the exam. You will have time to change into workout attire and stretch.

The physical fitness examination consists of the five events outlined below. Applicants must successfully pass each event to move forward. In order to successfully pass the physical agility test you must meet the minimum requirements listed below.

Test Points Standards


300 meter run
Push-ups (not timed)
Vertical jump
Timed sit-ups 1 minute
1.5 mile run
1:10
20
15"
28
16:10

Event # 1 300-Meter Run


The 300-meter run measures anaerobic capacity. This is your ability to perform short, intense bursts of effort like foot pursuits. You must sprint 300 meters – about 3/4 of a lap around the track – for this event.

Event # 2 Maximum Push-up Test


Push-ups measure the endurance of your upper body muscles including your shoulders, chest and the back of your upper arms. This test measures your ability to use force involving a pushing motion. The test ends when you can no longer continue due to muscle fatigue.

You assume a push-up position with your feet together or up to twelve inches apart. Your hands are placed approximately shoulder-width apart with fingers facing forward. An instructor places a three inch push-up block beneath your sternum.

A proper push-up is when you lower your body, touch the block with your sternum, then return to your starting position with elbows in a soft lock. Resting position is up, and proper form is closely monitored.

pushup starting position
Starting position
Push-up down position
Down position
pushup back starting
Back to the starting position,
completing the push-up

Event #3 Vertical Jump


The vertical jump measures the difference between your standing reach and your jumping reach. This event relates to the explosive power that is needed in operational or pursuit tasks that require jumping and vaulting.

With the use of the Vertec Jump Apparatus, the instructor measures your standing reach, then you may choose from two stances to gain explosive power: feet parallel with one jump up, or feet apart and then gather and jump. You will jump three times reaching as high as possible. The instructor records the highest jump. If you achieve a jump measurement of 24 inches or more, no more jumps are required.
Initial measure
Initial measure
Feet parallel
Feet parallel or one step
back to jump
Jump up
Jump up, reach measurement
tabs on Vertec

Event # 4 One-Minute Sit-ups


Sit-ups measure your abdominal muscle endurance, which relates to your ability to perform tasks that involve force. Performance sit-ups are not crunches. You lie on your back with knees bent and hands cupped behind your ears or interlocked behind your head. Your elbows must touch the top of your thigh or knee. An instructor holds your feet down during the test. You complete as many sit-ups as possible in one minute. Resting position is up, and proper form is closely monitored.
Starting Position
Starting position
Sit-up and resting
Up and resting position
Sit-up down position
Down position for one completed sit-up

Event # 5 1.5-mile Run


The 1.5-mile run measures your cardiovascular endurance. This relates to your ability to perform sustained activities such as a long foot pursuit followed by a physical confrontation. The test is conducted on a 440-yard track. One lap equals one-quarter mile and six laps equals 1.5 miles.