Yo-Yo Test Norms

There are several Yo-Yo Test variations, and each requires different standards for comparison. There is The Yo-Yo endurance test (like the beep test), and the Yo-Yo Intermittent tests which have short active breaks (5 and 10 seconds for the intermittent endurance and intermittent recovery test, respectively).

I am not aware of any published tables of expected scores or 'norms' for any of these test, so I have created some using known test results from a range of people of varying fitness levels.

We have created the following norm tables as there appear to be no other published norms. The data is not based on any specific research, ratings were made by analyzing test results from various sources and should therefore be used as a guide only. Any feedback is welcome. The table has both total distance and level, which are just different ways of reporting the same result. See the Yo-Yo Intermittent Levels page for details of using distances and levels.

Table: Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1 norms for adult men and women

  males females
rating meters level meters level
elite > 2400 > 20.0 > 1600 > 17.5
excellent 2000 - 2400 18.7 - 20.0 1280 - 1600 16.5 - 17.5
good 1520 - 2000 17.3 - 18.7 1000 - 1280 15.6 - 16.5
average 1000 - 1520 15.6 - 17.3 680 - 1000 14.6 - 15.6
below average 520 - 1000 14.2 - 15.6 320 - 680 13.1 - 14.6
very poor < 520 < 14.2 < 320 < 13.1

Table: Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 2 norms for adult men and women

  males females
rating meters level meters level
elite > 1280 > 16.5 > 800 > 15.1
excellent 1000 - 1280 15.6 - 16.5 720 - 800 14.7 - 15.1
good 720 - 1000 14.7 - 15.6 480 - 720 14.1 - 14.7
average 480 - 720 14.1 - 14.7 360 - 480 13.2 - 14.1
below average 280 - 480 12.3 - 14.1 160 - 360 11.2 - 13.2
very poor < 280 < 12.3 < 160 < 11.2

Source

We have created the above norm tables using as an initial guide the VO2max norm table, and substituting the data into a formula for estimating VO2 max (ml/min/kg) from the Yo-Yo IR1 and IR2 test results (Bangsbo et al. 2008), as well as adjusting the norms based on test results from a range of athletes from the same paper and other known yo-yo test results.

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