TikTokers are using the FitnessGram Pacer Test as a thirst trap

As long as there have been profile pics, social media has been used as a way to show off. 

A new TikTok trend where people use the FitnessGram PACER test as means to flex has taken off. The PACER test assesses people’s aerobic capacity through a series of tasks that increasingly get more difficult. A soundbite from one of the test’s challenges is now the soundtrack to TikTokers’ thirst traps. Thirst traps are social media posts with the sole purpose of showing off how attractive you are. Pretty much every other TikTok challenge, like the “buss it” trend, is just an excuse to post thirst traps these days. 

What is the FitnessGram PACER test? 

PACER stands for Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run. The test has been used in U.S. physical education classes for almost three decades.It is used to measure students’ aerobic capacity.

In the exam, students run back and forth as many times as they can in a 15 or 20-meter section. Each lap they complete is signaled by a beep sound. The test gets faster until each student reaches their maximum capacity. Students also participate in push-ups and curl-ups as part of the assessment.  

The sound that’s going viral on TikTok is audio from the classic test proctor during a curling segment. The exam has however since been updated to include female voices, hip-hop, pop and Latinx-inspired beats.

“We’ll begin the curl-ups now. Ready? Begin. Up, down. Up, down…,” the proctor said in the clip.  

Now people are using the snippet to post their transformation videos. 

TikToker @stxph.h played the PACER audio. Each time the proctor said “up” she transitioned into a glammed-up version of herself. When he said “down” she went back to her still stunning but makeup-less self. 

“Ain’t no way that’s the same person,” a user told @voronina_valeria_. To prove them wrong she used the trend to show what she looked like before and after makeup


short hair masc> short hair fem> long hair masc> long hair fem #genderfluid

♬ Up down Pacer test – Tana

The user @jaydyn.murphey completely transformed, donning different wigs and styles, with each transition. 

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