Multi-stage fitness test – audio file updatedPosted by SCRRS Website Committee on December 15th, 2011
The multi-stage fitness test, also known as the bleep test, beep test, pacer test, Leger-test or 20-m shuttle run test, is used by sports coaches and trainers to estimate an athlete’s VO2 max (maximum oxygen uptake). The test is especially useful for players of sports like rugby, football (soccer), hockey, netball, handball, tennis squash and fitness testing; employed by many international sporting teams as an accurate test of Cardiovascular fitness, one of the all-important “Components of Fitness”.
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The test involves running continuously between two points that are 20 m apart from side to side. These runs are synchronized with a pre-recorded audio tape, CD or laptop software, which plays beeps at set intervals. As the test proceeds, the interval between each successive beep reduces, forcing the athlete to increase their speed over the course of the test, until it is impossible to keep in sync with the recording (or, in rare occasions, if the athlete completes the test). Many people who test people using the Multi-stage fitness test allow one level to beep before the person makes the line, but if the person being tested does not make the next interval then the most recent level they completed is their final score. The recording is typically structured into 21 ‘levels’, each of which lasts around 62 seconds. Usually, the interval of beeps is calculated as requiring a speed at the start of 8.5 km/h, increasing by 0.5 km/h with each level thereafter. The progression from one level to the next is signaled by 3 rapid beeps. The highest level attained before failing to keep up is recorded as the score for that test.It gets faster every level of the test.
|17/1||Kini Qereqeretabua||Rugby Union||Fijian player, achived in 2007. This effort is very impressive, especially considering that he is 103kg.|
|17||Sebastian Coe||Athletics||reported result from this UK middle distance champion runner|
|17||Lee Gong Dook||Football (Soccer)||Premier League player|
|17||Brent Livermore||Field Hockey||Australian field hockey player|
|17||Steve Nash||Basketball||NBA point guard, played with the Dallas Mavericks|
|16/7||Netani Suka||Rugby Union||Fijian player, achived in 2007 at the same time as Qereqeretabua.|