Tom had us run the Cooper Test at the track on Tuesday night and what a great experience.  With this being the first test it gives us VO2 Max benchmark and after a few months of track workouts we will retest to see if we have improved our VO2.  After the run some of our members asked what the Cooper Test is and what does it test for?  The answer is fairly scientific so, I attached a few articles that I think help simplify the Cooper Test.

What is the Cooper Test and what is it really good for?

The Cooper test is a test of physical fitness. It was designed by Kenneth H. Cooper in 1968 for US military use. In the original form, the point of the test is to run as far as possible within 12 minutes. The test is meant to measure the condition of the person taking it and therefore it is supposed to be run at a steady pace instead of sprints and fast running. The outcome is based on the distance the test person ran, their age and gender. The results can be correlated with VO2 Max. It is an easy test to perform on larger groups, but difficult for the runners, as the length of the run is considered to be that of a long distance run, since everything above 3 km is rated “long distance”—which means the runner will predominately use his”red”, slow oxidative muscle cells.

VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is one factor that can determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise and is linked to aerobic endurance. VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. It is measured as “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight.”

To find out more about VO2 max this link contains great information:

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/anatomyandphysiology/a/VO2_max.htm

Want to know how to administer the Cooper Test and analyze your results:

http://www.brianmac.co.uk/vo2max.htm

Nor sure how to convert miles into meters:

http://www.unitconversion.org/length/miles-to-meters-conversion.html