What are the physical requirements?Physical Requirements Pre Entry Tests(1) Fitness Test(2) Physical Competence Test Fitness TestThere are three parts to the fitness assessment;(a) Progressive shuttle run,(b) sit-up test (one minute time limit)(c) press-up test (no time limit) The objective of the progressive shuttle run test is to run as long as possible there and back along a 20m track, keeping to the speed indicated by the bleeps on the CD. The student will hear these bleeps at regular intervals. The test is maximal and progressive. At first the speed is slow, but the speed will increase at the end of each minute. The applicant should stop running when they can no longer keep up with the rhythm of the bleeps. You are advised to access/download the ‘Loughborough 20 Meter Shuttle Run – Fitness Assessment’. Each applicant must attain the level of fitness indicated on the marking guidelines below. Minimum Standards for the Shuttle TestAgeMalesFemales18-25yrsLevel 8.8Level 7.626-35yrsLevel 8.1Level 6.636-45yrsLevel 6.6Level 5.4Minimum Standards for the ‘Sit Up’ Test (one minute)AgeMalesFemales18-25yrs353026-35yrs322736-45yrs2925 Minimum Standards for the Press Up Test (no time restriction)AgeMalesFemales18-25yrs252026-35yrs2218 Physical Competence Test The test consists of the following:(a) a competency-based timed circuit (3 laps)(b) a push/pull machine assessment. (A) Physical Competence TestSprint startWeave through conesWalk along a balance beamLift a car wheel and carry it 3 metresGo underneath a barrierJump over a mat (one metre wide)Drag a 45kg mannequin 2 metresRun up and down a stairsClimb over a gateSprint 10 metresComplete circuit 3 times in fastest time possible Pass standard is 3 mins and 20 secs (B) Push/Pull Machine TestThe objective of the test taken is to measure the maximal force you are capable of exerting in pushing and pulling. This test is intended to relate to the physical strength requirements of a Garda in a range of typical situations Stand on platformGrip handlebars (simulates chest height of average height of a person)Feet apart one foot in front of the otherPush and pull the handlebars through the required stroke continuously (indicated by bleeps at the start and end of each stroke) for 20 secsIf three bleeps are missed the test is invalid and the candidate must repeat the 20 sec test again, immediatelyDuring the test the force you are exerting will be continually measured and recorded on the computer systemIn order to achieve your maximal force you will need to use your entire body and concentrate on pushing and pulling hard throughout the entire stroke A video detailing the Physical Competence Test can be found here.