In 1968 Kenneth H. Cooper developed The Cooper Test Run for the United States military, for use in physical fitness training and testing.
-The idea of the Cooper test run is to run as far as you can, at a pace as steady as possible , for 12 minutes .
The distance you've covered, your age and sex are all correlated to one of the following Cooper test tables.
-This gives you an estimate of your aerobic fitness and cardiovascular endurance .
Many school systems use a test similar to the cooper test, only in reverse, running a specified distance and then calculating the time it takes to run that distance.
-All the results in this table are given in meters.
-For reference 1,609 meters equals 1 mile , about 2,400 meters is a mile and a half, 800 meters about half a mile. -Remember, this is in 12 minutes .
|Boys 13-14||+2700||2400 - 2699||2200 - 2399||2100 - 2199||-2100|
|Girls 13-14||+2000||1900 - 1999||1600 - 1899||1500 - 1599||-1500|
|Boys 15-16||+2800||2500 - 2799||2300 - 2499||2200 - 2299||-2200|
|Girls 15-16||+2100||2000 - 2099||1700 - 1999||1600 - 1699||-1600|
|Men 17-20||+3000||2700 - 2999||2500 - 2699||2300 - 2499||-2300|
|Women 17-20||+2300||2100 - 2299||1800 - 2099||1700 - 1799||-1700|
|Men 20-29||+2800||2400 - 2799||2200 - 2399||1600 - 2199||-1600|
|Women 20-29||+2700||2200 - 2699||1800 - 2199||1500 - 1799||-1500|
|Men 30-39||+2700||2300 - 2699||1900 - 2299||1500 - 1899||-1500|
|Women 30-39||+2500||2200 - 2499||1700 - 2199||1400 - 1699||-1400|
|Men 40-49||+2500||2100 - 2499||1700 - 2099||1400 - 1699||-1400|
|Women 40-49||+2300||1900 - 2299||1500 - 1899||1200 - 1499||-1200|
|Men 50-59||+2400||2000 - 2399||1600 - 1999||1300 - 1599||-1300|
|Women 50-59||+2200||1700 - 2199||1400 - 1699||1100 - 1399||-1100|
-The Cooper Test Run gives you a good assessment of your aerobic fitness that you can use to compare with results from past runs.
-If you find your fitness level lacking, or if you just want to start running to lose some weight , it can be a good indicator of your progress.
-You might even want to start running on a treadmill to stay in shape, or to get in shape for your next test run.
-Keep a Fitness log! -a daily fitness journal gives you a goal to shoot for to increase your running endurance, and your overall athletic performance.
-Knowing your BMI number is a good idea as well. (see the BMI chart) It estimates your body fat, based on your height and weight.
-The table that follows is not for the novice runner, but for very serious and experienced athletes only, with a history of long runs.
|Men||+3700||3400 - 3699||3100 - 3399||2800 - 3099||-2800|
|Women||+3000||2700 - 2999||2400 - 2699||2100 - 2399||-2100|
-There are many benefits to exercise and increasing your cardiovascular endurance as well as your overall fitness level, is certainly among them.
-Once you get started it can get downright addictive, and your health is the best addiction you can get. If you're already a runner, you know of what I speak, if you're not ...what are you waiting for?
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What factors can influence Cooper test results: From Brian Mac (Sports coach)
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12 minute 1 st time treadmill age 67 male
.71 mile treadmill, almost 3 quarters of a mile. Not too bad for 67
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I ran 2270 metres, on sidewalks and concrete, at 6 am in the morning (still dark), the temperature was around +2 centigrade (35 F). I'm a 53 year …
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I ran about 2 miles in my run. I live in the city so I ran through the park on a sunny and warm day, dry under foot. I like to run along a path …
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