Thursday this month was neatly filled with a `Bleep Test’ conducted on
a 20m section of the synthetic track at QE.
bleep test predicts your maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max),
the capacity of your body to transport and use oxygen during
incremental exercise (calculated
as millilitres of oxygen per kilogram
of bodyweight per minute – ml/kg/min). VO2max
is accepted as the best measure of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic
The test involves
shuttling continuously between two points that are 20 metres apart.
These runs are synchronized with a pre-recorded CD which plays bleeps
at set intervals. As the test progresses, the interval within each set
of bleeps reduces, which forces the runner to increase speed until
they are no longer able to keep up.
Twenty of us
completed the test and levels/ shuttles reached together with
accompanying VO2max level
are shown in the tables opposite:
VO2 tables below show how
to interpret your scores. Well done to everyone who took part and
particularly to Kim Joliffe and Wendy Kennedy for getting us
organized. Also thanks to Ian Kennedy for the Bleep CD and the tables