The Topend Sports' 'Fitness Testing Guide' is a free ebook that is a great resource for athletes, coaches, teachers, parents, personal trainers
and exercise physiologists—anyone who needs to evaluate their own or someone
else's fitness level, or to gain a greater understanding of tests
that they have performed.
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Introduction to the 'Fitness Testing Guide'
There are hundreds of standard fitness tests in use around the world, and
hundreds more variations of these. They can range from elaborate
and expensive laboratory tests to simple and inexpensive field tests. To do a fitness test it is not just a matter of reading the description of the test on this site. There are many things to consider before, during and after testing to ensure that meaningful results are achieved.
Each test has many advantages and disadvantages that can ultimately
determine which is the most appropriate test to perform. If you
are designing your own fitness testing regime, with the information
about the relative merits and requirements of each test that is
contained in this guide, you can make an informed choice of the
most appropriate test or tests to use.
You can use the link above to download the full fitness testing guide for free. You can also find most of the information contained in the guide on this site. Firstly this guide discusses why we should perform fitness testing
and the benefits of testing, then how to select appropriate fitness
tests, some tips about conducting tests, and how to interpret the results.
Once you have a good understanding of the issues concerning fitness
testing, you can go and explore the growing list of tests and their
descriptions on this site.