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Bleep Test – 30 July 2015

Steve Wyatt reports

The extra Thursday this month was neatly filled with a `Bleep Test’ conducted on a 20m section of the synthetic track at QE. The 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 power.

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:

The 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 below.

Ladies

Level

Shuttle

VO2max

Briony Wood

6/1

33.3

Julie Mead

6/9

36.2

Michele Whitehurst

7/7

38.8

Kelly Williams

8/1

40.2

Julie James

8/5

41.5

Lynn Hutchings

9/8

45.9

 

Men

Level

Shuttle

VO2max

Mike Hilborne

8/3

40.9

Glyn Davies

8/5

41.5

Nick Solomon

8/7

42.2

David Wild

9/3

44.3

Robin Hughes

9/6

45.2

John Scott

9/11

46.8

Jeff Hinsley

10/1

47.1

Mark Sweet

10/3

47.7

Mark Wood

10/8

49.2

Phil Whitehurst

10/11

50.2

Mark Buffery

11/11

53.5

Kerry Mapp

12/1

54

Jerry Shield

12/1

54

Steve Wyatt

12/5

55.1

Chris Wood

13/13

60.7

   

VO2 Tables

Women (values in ml/kg/min)

Age

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Superior

13-19

<25.0

25.0 - 30.9

31.0 - 34.9

35.0 - 38.9

39.0 - 41.9

>41.9

20-29

<23.6

23.6 - 28.9

29.0 - 32.9

33.0 - 36.9

37.0 - 41.0

>41.0

30-39

<22.8

22.8 - 26.9

27.0 - 31.4

31.5 - 35.6

35.7 - 40.0

>40.0

40-49

<21.0

21.0 - 24.4

24.5 - 28.9

29.0 - 32.8

32.9 - 36.9

>36.9

50-59

<20.2

20.2 - 22.7

22.8 - 26.9

27.0 - 31.4

31.5 - 35.7

>35.7

60+

<17.5

17.5 - 20.1

20.2 - 24.4

24.5 - 30.2

30.3 - 31.4

>31.4

Men (values in ml/kg/min)

Age

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Superior

13-19

<35.0

35.0 - 38.3

38.4 - 45.1

45.2 - 50.9

51.0 - 55.9

>55.9

20-29

<33.0

33.0 - 36.4

36.5 - 42.4

42.5 - 46.4

46.5 - 52.4

>52.4

30-39

<31.5

31.5 - 35.4

35.5 - 40.9

41.0 - 44.9

45.0 - 49.4

>49.4

40-49

<30.2

30.2 - 33.5

33.6 - 38.9

39.0 - 43.7

43.8 - 48.0

>48.0

50-59

<26.1

26.1 - 30.9

31.0 - 35.7

35.8 - 40.9

41.0 - 45.3

>45.3

60+

<20.5

20.5 - 26.0

26.1 - 32.2

32.3 - 36.4

36.5 - 44.2

>44.2

Table Reference: The Physical Fitness Specialist Certification Manual, The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, Dallas TX, revised 1997 printed in Advance Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription, 3rd Edition, Vivian H. Heyward, 1998.p48

 


 

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