5 Times Sit to Stand

The 5-times sit to stand is a common test of lower limb functional strength used in cancer rehabilitation. To perform this test, you will need a stopwatch and 46cm tall chair (or chair of constant height). Only one test is required. 


  1. Place chair against a wall
  2. Have patient cross arms over chest 
  3. Have patient practice one stand
  4. Instruct patient to Stand up and sit down as quickly as possible 5 times, keeping your arms folded across your chest’ 
  5. Stop timing when the patient fully stands on the 5th time 

Other functional strength tests such as the 30 second chair stand and grip strength test can be found here.