My dedicated readers should know by now what a stats geek I am. So when fitness guru Emily Carrnage and the training committee decided it was time for our league to do some fitness testing, I got a little excited.
Then I got a little nauseous.
Why, you ask?
The fact that once you complete your testing, improvement is now EXPECTED for the next test (which is 4 months down the road) puts some pressure on. In addition, with the realization that while these tests are for you to personally set a benchmark to improve from, inevitably others are going to compare and compete. It’s not a bad thing if that’s what you need to push yourself. But also not an idea I’m personally comfortable with, as I feel it can bring on gym intimidation; which is real and something I had a hard time getting over and still sometimes struggle with even now.
However, bound and determined, I went to the test on Monday to push my limits, just to see how far I’ve come. On some, I have a large span for improvement. On others, I set my bar pretty high to improve on. Not a bad thing; it’s just made me start thinking pretty consciously about what I need to do over the next four months. On top of my existing goals, it will be a challenge to work towards improving these as well.
Here’s my stats (NERD POWER) along with some personal observations of my own performance for each test. I’m also including some new goals I’d like to shoot for (I have no idea if my goals are realistic or not, but I need something to shoot for to make me work harder)
I honestly thought I would do better on this one. It’s a series of short sprints where you have to run forwards, shuffle sideways and backwards while touching marked points. Challenging on our slippery venue floor, but when I first saw how the test worked, I thought I would do better.
On better floors: 10-second range
5 minutes, 15 seconds
Not gunna lie, I rocked this one and I’m very proud of this time. It’s nice to see all the ab work I’m doing is paying off.
15 m sprint
Sprinting has never been a strong point for me and ironically on my first try, I went into a derby start run with little steps instead of going into a full-out stride. Funny how derbified my head is.
48 in one minute
My pace for these situps were pretty consistent, so I don’t know if I could physically go much faster. I started slowing down at the 40 mark. So…
1.74 metres (That’s more than my height, neat!)
I feel broad jump is a lot of technique mixed in with power. I admit, I pussy’d out a bit. My first jump I gave a hard go at it but my landing sent some jarring through my knees. I still went for a second try (you get three tries for this one) and since I scored the exact same distance the second try, I didn’t bother going again out of fear of jarring my knees further. I need to focus on technique for next time because I know I have power in these legs!
Pushups (from toes)
30 in one minute
Had I done this on my knees, I would have rocked it. But after some encouragement from my pushup partner, I decided to go on toes (we had the option of doing one or the other). However, I still feel I did well. I went until I couldn’t physically push myself up anymore; my elbows were shaking like jello. I ended the set with colourful language out of happiness of being finished.
Let’s go for my age… 38
Beep Test (Shuttle Test)
43 shuttles, level 6.2
Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this one. I loved how I was forced to lengthen my stride with every level in order to make it to the marker before the next beep. The constant stops and starts were most challenging. After some beep test research, I found out I qualify for the Canadian Military with this score if I were a man. (Level 6 is the qualifier for men. The women’s beep test qualifier was level 4). I now see a trend that my lower body acceleration/power needs to be improved. I know I can push myself harder.
(See male and female standards for these and many other fitness tests here. Which is also where I got all these photos from! You can click on the photos to send you to the source.)
So that’s it! That’s where I’m at. I’m excited to see where I can go. I’m also approaching the end of month 9 of my year of fitness goals & nutrition goals, so I’m excited to explore where I’m at with those come the end of September.