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Physical Fitness Standards

Join the Marietta Police DepartmentThe physical fitness test is required for all pre-employment public safety positions for the City of Marietta. The fitness test will measure the applicant's physical ability to perform the essential functions of a Police Officer with or without reasonable accommodation. The physical fitness test is conduced by a certified fitness professional that will be using the Cooper Institute's recommended and validated fitness test battery for mandatory testing for public safety employees. Each candidate must complete the following physical fitness test and obtain or exceed the specified minimum cut points in order to proceed further in the hiring process. There will be no re-test in the current recruitment.

Pre Fitness Test Recommendations

Candidates are strongly recommended to make the following preparations prior to the fitness assessment:

  • Fast for one hour prior to assessment. It is recommended that no food or only light food items are consumed and that no caffeinated beverages or beverages with a high acidic content are consumed within one hour prior to fitness test.
  • Wear workout clothing.
  • Wear athletic shoes for running activities.
  • Refrain from using tobacco products three to four hours prior to assessment.

Candidates should consider having a complete physical exam at their own expense prior to the City's fitness test.

Fitness Test Components

The physical fitness test will consist of the following parts: vertical jump, sit-up, push up, 300 meter run and 1.5 mile run. The minimum acceptable scores for each test has been determined from the universally accepted Cooper Institute's standards for public safety employees.

  • 1 Minute Sit Up
    The City has chosen the Cooper fitness absolute standard of 27 sit ups in one minute as the cutoff for a minimum passing score for this test. Rest for 5 to 10 minutes and proceed to the Upper Body Strength Test.
  • Push Up
    The City has chosen the Cooper fitness absolute standard of 18 continuous push ups as the cutoff for a minimum passing score for this test. Rest for 10 to 15 minutes and proceed to 300 meter run test.
  • 300 Meter Run
    The City has chosen the Cooper fitness absolute standard of 68 seconds as the cutoff for a minimum passing score for this test. Rest for 5 to 10 minutes and proceed to the 1.5 mile run.
  • 1.5 mile run
    The City has chosen the Cooper fitness absolute standard of 15:20 as the cutoff for a minimum passing score for this test.