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The Multi-Stage (Bleep) Fitness Test

Equipment: 20 m measuring tape, prerecording of test, tape player, markers, scoring recorders.

Target Population: Sports teams & school classes. Health screen first!

Advantages: Large groups can do test together.

Disadvantages: Audio tape can stretch, high motivation needed for accurate score, scoring can be subjective.

Procedure: Subjects run between two lines 20m apart trying to keep up with a set of pre-recorded bleeps on a tape or CD. Roughly every minute the level changes (and the bleeps get closer together) and the running speed gets 0.5 km/h faster (start speed is 8.5 km/h).

The athlete tries to keep up with the recording getting as many levels and shuttles into the test as possible.

The results below are not predictions for Max VO2 but are indicators for aerobic fitness. Each score implies the test level and the number of shuttles completed successfully (e.g. 4/6 = level four and six shuttles completed).

Gender & Age (yrs)
Excellent
Good
Average
Fair
Poor
Males 14-16
12/7
11/2
8/9
7/1
<6/6
Females 14-16
10/9
9/1
6/7
5/1
<4/7
Males 17-20
12/12
11/6
9/2
7/6
<7/3
Females 17-20
10/11
9/3
6/8
5/2
<4/9
Males 21- 30
12/12
11/7
9/3
7/8
<7/5
Females 21-30
10/8
9/2
6/6
5/1
<4/9
Males 31-40
11/7
10/4
6/10
6/7
<6/4
Females 31-40
10/4
8/7
6/3
4/6
<4/5
Males 41-50
10/4
9/4
6/9
5/9
<5/2
Females 41-50
9/9
7/2
5/7
4/2
<4/1