World Best Beep Test Scores
The beep or bleep test, or more correctly known as the Multistage Shuttle Run Test, is a test of aerobic (endurance) fitness that is a common test undertaken by many team sports and school groups. See a description of the Beep Test. The test involves running between two markers 20 meters apart. There are several versions of the test, and the one that is used is not always reported with the results, and this should be considered when comparing test results. For example, there are versions of the beep test conducted over 15m, and the Yo-Yo test is sometimes mistakenly called the beep test.
There are some unconfirmed rumors that some athletes, such as David Beckham (football/soccer), Lance Armstrong (cyclist) and Neil Back (England rugby player), have completed the test, which is 23 levels on the commonly used version. This is probably unlikely - David Beckham is fit, but not the fittest in his teams, and Lance Armstrong struggled to perform well during retirement from cycling when he attempted running some marathons.
As this is a field test of endurance that is often used to test large groups, the best endurance athletes in the world would probably not have even tried the test. High level endurance athletes would more likely perform a VO2max test to measure their aerobic fitness.
Males Top Performances
Many of these scores have not been verified. Data has mostly been collected from online newspaper articles and lists. If you know of documented results it would be great to hear of them.
|=1||17||Sebastian Coe||Athletics||reported result from this UK middle distance champion runner|
|=1||17||Lee Gong Dook||Football (Soccer)||Premier League player|
|=1||17||Zain Wright||Field Hockey||Tasmanian Kookaburras player, score confirmed by ex-player and by AIS staff member.|
|=1||17||Steve Nash||Basketball||NBA point guard, played with the Dallas Mavericks|
|=5||16/11||Dean Murphy||Triathlon and Hockey||An unconfirmed result sent by Luke Evans. Murphy was 17 years old. Apparently it can be verified by Australian hockey player Brent Livermore.|
|=5||16/11||Tim Deavin||Field Hockey||Achieved whilst performing a routine beep test with the Australian Kookaburras Hockey team in Perth Western Australia in 2014.|
|=7||16/10||David Guest||Field Hockey||Australian field hockey player, score confirmed by ex-player and by AIS staff member.|
|=7||16/10||Matt Swann||Field Hockey||Australian field hockey player, score confirmed by ex-player and by AIS staff member.|
|=9||16/9||Christian Merup||Ironman||performed during try-outs for a Swedish television "SVT Atlet", a show where men and women measure their strength in athletic challenges. The results were recorded by TV. He's 187 cm, 79 kg and a ironman contender and McKinsey consultant. (submitted by Anders Suneson, April 2014).|
|=9||16/9||Daniel Jackson||AFL||AFL player from Gippsland Power achieved in March 2012 TAC testing|
|=11||16/6||Billy Hartung||AFL||Player from the Dandenong Stingrays, achieved at the AFL combine. This is the best ever result at the AFL Combine (from 2013)|
|=11||16/6||William Murphy||AFL||achieved at the Vic Metro combine in 2012|
|=13||16/4||Scott Spriggs||AFL||Player from the North Ballarat Rebels TAC cup team, from about 2010. He has achieved several scores above 16 during AFL Victorian state testing.|
|=13||16/4||Lachlan (Lachie) Whitfield||AFL||AFL player from the Dandenong Stingrays achieved this score in TAC testing, March 2012.|
|=15||16/2||Jake Bradley||AFL||he is the son of former Carlton star Craig Bradley. Achieved at the TAC Cup testing.|
|=15||16/2||Kane Mitchell||AFL||Claremont player, achieved at the AFL WA state combine in October 2011|
|=15||16/2||Hayden Hector||AFL||Gippsland Power player, achieved at the AFL VIC state combine in October 2011|
notes: I previously had listed hockey player Brent Livermore with 17/2. His best has now been confirmed by an AIS staff member to be 15/10.
To be Confirmed
- The Australian 400m/800m athlete Chris Colwill achieved a 18/5 in Mackay in 2008. This was video recorded at the Mackay hockey grounds. Apparently this is not an unusual result according to him but he states it is not reflected in his running ability or times. He reckons he has a high lactate threshold but not a large VO2Max. (received from Peter Reynolds, Jan 2012)
Disputed High Scores
- 19/2 Håkan Mild: There is a report of Football (Soccer) player Håkan Mild achieving 19/2. Mild played for IFK Gothenburg. He had been rumored to have completed the test, though his best of 19/2 was confirmed by him on Swedish radio (an interview on radiosporten - http://www.sr.se/cgi-bin/radiosporten/nyheter/artikel.asp?artikel=2593043 link no longer working, from January 2009). As this score is way above other scores that have been recorded, it may actually be a result from the yo-yo test, developed in Scandinavia and commonly used to test soccer players.
- 19 Graham Bashop. There was a report of Graham Bashop All Black Rugby Union scrum half achieving level 19 in the early 90's, though again it is probably the result from a yo-yo test.
- 17/1 Kini Qereqeretabua. Fijian rugby union player, achieved in 2007. If true, this effort is very impressive, especially considering that he is 103kg. The result was taken from an article in the Fiji Times (link not working). In the same article, another player Netani Suka is listed as achieving 16/7
Other Beep Test Records
- Matthew Gardner, RAF trainer from Doncaster UK, attempted a 24 beep test record with his work colleagues in Dec 2012. For the attempt, 20 teams of four people will continuously do the test. A member of each team will take the bleep test and pass their level, so every time there are 20 people taking the test. Once every one from the 4 has passed their test the next member from each team will take their test and so on. This means that within the hour each member of the team will have passed the test. Once the next hour starts the process is repeated until every member of the team will have taken the test 24 times. A total of approximately 40,000 meters in total per person. See more.
- Mike Buss - Ultra Endurance Athlete. Mike Buss apparently set six world records in just one weekend at the Swindon Designer Outlet Village, Nov 2005, running the mutli-stage fitness test at different categories carrying a weight on his back of 40, 60lbs and 120lbs in weight, with and without wearing a full Nuclear Biological Chemical Warfare Suit. Unfortunately the report did not state what he achieved in the tests.
- Record number of beep test participants.
- Beep Test competitions
- Beep Test results for athletes from a range of sports.
- procedure for the Beep Test
- more Fitness Testing Records and other Sporting Records
- More Records? I scan the internet for the latest athlete results. If you know of something I have missed, it would be great to hear from you.