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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.
I believe there are 2 different Beep tests, one a 15metre one and the proper version is a 23 level 20metre one.
I got to about level 12 a couple of years ago, but we did it on some slippery grass which didn't help anything. Also, once I'd seen the other runners off the motivation to put myself through pain went down
I also seem to recall getting around that level at school when I had very low fitness, but there's no way our gym was 20metres long
The Beckham completing the beep test is utter bollocks...no offence. It's simply an urban myth
Try level 23 and see how many reps at that level are possible full stop, without 20+ levels of gradually increasing the pace. Especially as you have to come to almost a stop to turn round so many times.
I heard a prem footballer did level 16...i'd imagine that's more the level prem players might reach, with only elite runners able to touch the upper teens.
I've also heard professional footballers not even breaking 40mins for 10k though, so it's what you train for basically.
It has just been introduced into the Fire Service. Entry level to get into the Fire Service is 9.6 and then annually 8.6 which gets bloody harder the older you get. I'm 46 and find it hard and I dont think I would be able to get to that level when I'm 55+ . They make no allowance for age or sex but when I was in the armed forces allowances were made for your age. The problem is if you fail it 3 times (12 weeks in between tests) then we have been told, they can sack you, which I find totally unfair.
I do lots of Running/jogging but I can't run at speed never have been able to, it causes me loads of injuries to the knees,shins and lower back. So I don't think it gives a true reflection of your fitness. I know loads of people that can score way higher than me but they could not keep up with me when I go out on my long runs etc. So anyone who does the test and scores low, don't worry about it , just keep doing what you enjoy.......simples
The bleep test is more relevant to sports like football than running. In running, you generally lock into a pace and try and keep that for the whole race, give or take a little overtaking here and there.
It is a good VO2 max exercise, of getting knackered, but then having to up the pace.
I would have thought bravery and strength were more relevant qualities in the fire service. Not showing a good level of V02 max!
It's hard to judge what level would be a fair entry though, as the lower levels of the bleep test are basically walking, and for me..it's level 10 when it starts getting interesting. But that's me, a keen runner just about still in my 20s! Non runners would surely struggle!
on the full 20metre course?
Youcan download a copy of the beep test from the internet as an MP3 file...
Of all places from the Royal Marines Website.
to manage a couple of sprints at level 23 pace would be beyond the majority of people. Let alone trying to do the 22 progressive levels leading up to that!
11.8 is a decent result, which would contribute to getting you into the British Army 300 club. My last result was 10.2 which is a British Army pass for those under 30 years of age. Good effort to those pushing the upper levels.
You can get all of the Bleep Test charts and tables from www.personalfitnesstests.com for free. They also have a couple of decent downloads on Bleep Test training to improve your score.