Burpee Fitness Test
This burpee test is a simple test of strength endurance, agility, balance and coordination, in which the participant attempts the maximum number of burpees in a set time period. Another name for the Burpee is the Squat Thrust & Jump.
purpose: this is a test of strength endurance, though body control, balance and coordination are also factors.
equipment required: stopwatch, non-slip surface.
pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender, test conditions. See more details of pre-test procedures.
technique: The standard starting position for the burpee is standing erect with the arms by the side. From the standing position, squat down and place the hands on the floor in front of the feet. Putting the bodyweight on the hands, the legs are thrust back to a push-up position with a straight line from the shoulders to the heels. Next pull the legs back and return to the squatting position, then up back to the starting standing position. One complete burpee is from the standing back to the standing position. In the Spartan SGX Fitness Test, a 5 minute burpee test is conducted. In their test protocol, at the 'bottom' of the Burpee the chest must touch the ground, and at the 'finish' of the Burpee, the feet must leave the ground with the hands reaching above the ears.
procedure: The test requires the athlete to perform as many burpees as possible. The duration of the test can be from 30 seconds up to 5 minutes. Time how many correctly performed burpees are completed in the time limit.
scoring: A good result for a 30 second test is >16 burpees for men and >12 for women. To be Spartan Fit, adults need to get over 80 (women) or 85 (men) in five minutes.
advantages: this is a simple test to conduct, as no specialised equipment required, just a watch or stopwatch. It can be conducted almost anywhere, and self-administered too.
comments: the Burpee is also sometimes called the Squat Thrust & Jump.