Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Beep beep

Handy tools for the beep test. An iPhone app (also works on an iPod), a piece of string measuring 20m, some markers (found on a Bunnings reduced to clear table, bonus!) and a flat piece of ground.

Why the fixation on the beep test? I put it out there at the start of the year that I was looking for a career change, shift is probably a better word. The direction I've chosen requires a certain level of fitness. Or should I say fast-for-me running. There will be fitness assessed on the beep test and I need all the practice I can get.

I'm seeing increasingly faster kilometres in my general run training, but I find the stop/start aspect of the beep test much harder to deal with, you have time to focus on how hard it is to breathe - there's no getting into a rhythm. And a lot of it is mental, when running it with a friend it seems to be so much easier to continue on.

Beep test: Attempt 1. Level 5.2. Attempt 2. Level 5.8. I'm getting increasingly worse as the week goes on! More incentive to train. The more I do it, the better I have to get, right??


  1. I have to say, I hate the beep test. I am not very agile. More like a diesel train. I can move once I get going, but the turning corners thing, not so hot.
    Needless to say, last time I did the beep test, I got 3.8 before my knees gave out on me. FAIL!

  2. I've never heard of the beep test...

  3. Annie, it was something we used to do at school. I know netballers, basketballers, footballers and soccer players use it as a training tool. It's meant to measure VO2 max. And at this stage my Vo2 max is below average!