As you look back on your school days, some of you may recall running back and forth to a beeping sound while you were taking the FitnessGram PACER Test. For over 25 years, the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) Test has been used to determine whether or not millions of students across the nation were in a healthy fitness zone and starting today, the voice of the FitnessGram PACER test is changing.
In collaboration with The Cooper Institute, the creators of FitnessGram, Hip Hop Public Health is proud to announce the release of the FitnessGram PACER Test Remixes! Written and produced by our dynamic songwriter Quennel Worthy, the new 6-track album revamps the decades-old fitness test with hip-hop, pop, electronic dance and Latin-inspired beats, bringing a dance party vibe to the gym and motivating students throughout the 22-minute test.
The FitnessGram PACER Test Remixes are narrated in Spanish and English by both male and female MCs, encouraging students with positive “shout outs” so they can form a lasting appreciation for physical fitness. The harsh beeps have been replaced with new “lap” tones and “level” sounds that indicate when the test is about to get a little faster and there’s a new song that blends into nearly each of the 18-levels. The BPM (beats per minute) of the tracks also progressively increases with each level, accompanying the progressive increase in running pace throughout the fitness test. The new album also includes instrumental versions of the tracks that can be used for practice or as a fun soundtrack to any fitness activity.
Listen to the FitnessGram PACER Test Remixes and share your reactions with us online using #PacerTestRemix.