1) The Beep Test The first test is the 'Multistage fitness test' or 'beep test'. In this test, you run to and fro along a 20 metre track (usually in a Gym), keeping up with a series of beeps on a cassette. The timing of the beeps gradually increases until you can no longer keep up and this defines the level achieved.
The minimum ARMY (Kapooka in Southern NSW) requirement for both males and females is Level 7.5 or 56 shuttles for a total of 1,120 metres in 6 minutes 30 seconds.
I did my beep test this saturday and got to level 8. After checking the sites this puts me firming at 'average' fitness as far as VO2 max goes, but I'm ok with that. There was a time when aspiring to mere average fitness was far beyond me. I'll redo the test prior to the marathon to see if that's improved, but marathon running is really the wrong kind for this test.
My mate that did it with me got to 12.3, and he was dissapointed he didn't go further
Video of my first beep test, starts a couple of minutes in if you don't want to see me talking
I haven't done the bleep test since I tried to get in the forces years ago.
Just e-mailed my PE teacher friend to try and get a copy of it. Would be interesting to see what I get now compared to then, because I was always crap at it. But 'should' be much fitter now.
Oh I can't wait.....sad isn't it.
"There's a CD track that plays the beeps Vicky, after 7 shuttles (laps) it increases a level and the speed of the beeps. I think they start about 8 seconds apart and increase to 3 seconds apart at the highest level (which nobody human should ever reach!)."
There are different versions of the Beep Test so I could be talking about a different version, but the one I did a couple of weeks back and the one on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-stage_fitness_test) does approximately 1 minute at each level, so the number of shuttles at each speed increases as the time to do each one decreases. That site also has a link to a copy of the test, or Google should provide it without much effort.
I use the bleep test to measure how much I've improved since school. I was fairly happy with my 6.2 and being only the fourth person to drop out rather than the first! Recently I recorded a supposed 15.7. The best ever recorded at my Uni is 16.9 so I guess that's the next target!
Did another beep test this week, still pretty naff though.
I've seen a few people asking for the mp3 of the beep test, which I've got if anyone ever needs it. Some people do 'sell' it but I'm pretty sure it's not actually copyrighted itself.
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