Before the test administrator can proceed with the assessment, your resting heart rate and blood pressure will be taken. This is to ensure that your heart rate is not equal to or above 100 beats per minute and your blood pressure is not equal to or above 144/94 mm Hg. These national standards have been set as a safety precaution. If you are equal to or above these levels, you will be asked to see your physician again to get additional permission to proceed with the test.
The test is conducted in a gymnasium with the participant attired in clothing appropriate for physical activity and supportive footwear with good grip. It consists of running 400 metres (1/4 mile) over a six lap course including climbing up and down stairs, jumping over low obstacles, followed by pushing and pulling 70 lbs of resistance and finishing with lifting and carrying 80 lbs a distance of 50 feet. Most test participants will experience a maximum heart rate during the test. The PARE will place a brief but maximal stress on your cardiovascular system. It will also stress your anaerobic, muscular strength and endurance fitness. The test is designed to encourage you to work at your maximum physical abilities. If you have concern over your ability to perform hard work then you should not perform the test.
The test will be described and demonstrated to you before your performance. Further, you will be given time to practice the test items so that you will know your capabilities and have the confidence to complete the test should you choose to continue.
To pass the PARE, the participant must perform all activities within the defined protocol and complete the timed portion within 4 minutes and 45 seconds and then lift and carry the 80 lb torso bag a distance of 50 ft.
If you have concerns over your ability to perform hard work then you should not perform the test or sign up for the Law Enforcement Conditioning Camp. Those interested in taking the training program are assumed to have basic knowledge of resistance training/weight training technique. If this is not the case, it is strongly advised that you consult the University of Manitoba Recreation Services office for training facilities and personal training services, as proper technique is essential for preventing injuries and benefiting from any program. Please keep in mind that at the beginning of any physical activity program, there are physical adaptations that occur to the body and therefore, mild pain or discomfort in the muscles is completely normal for the first week to 10 days. If the pain and/or discomfort persist, consult your physician.
All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre (building #48) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.