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Bleep Test 30 June 2016

Steve Wyatt reports

A very select group of athletes took their chance to measure their VOmax score on 30th June using the grass track at Pamphill Cricket Pitch.  The bleep test predicts your maximum oxygen uptake (VOmax), 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).  VOmax 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.

Just eight of us completed the test and levels/ shuttles reached together with accompanying VOmax level are shown in the tables opposite:

Women

Level Shuttle

VOmax

Kelly Williams

6/10

36.6

Bryony Wood

7/8

39.2

Helen Edbrooke

8/10

43.2

Rebecca Ellis

9/8

45.9

Sophia Card

10/1

47.1

 

Men

Level Shuttle

VOmax

Jack Porter

10/7

48.9

Steve Wyatt

10/11

50.2

Chris Wood

11/1

50.6

 

The VO2 tables below show how to interpret your scores.

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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