Sit And Reach

The Sit And Reach is part of the CPFT. It is designed to measure the cadets flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings.

How to do the sit and reach

Set Up

  1. Obtain a sit and reach box (optional)
  2. Tape a meter to a stair step so that the 23cm mark is exactly in line with the vertical plane of the stair step
  3. The lower numbers on the meter should hang over the edge of the stair step
  4. Usually the meter

will be too long for the stair; simply cut the meter to fit, but ensure it extends at least to 42cm, the maximum distance required for any cadet


  1. Cadets remove their shoes and sit on the floor with their knees fully extended
  2. Feet should be shoulder-width apart and the soles of the feet must be held flat against the stair step (or special box)
  3. With hands on top of each other, palms down, and legs held flat, the cadet reaches along the meter as far as possible, without bouncing


  1. After three practice reaches, the fourth reach is held for at least one second while the distance is recorded
  2. Scores are recorded to the nearest centimeter


CAPP 52-18, Cadet Physical Fitness Program

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