Cooper test is an endurance trial, which helps you examine the level of your physical fitness. It was designed by the American physician Kenneth H. Cooper for the US Army in 1968. The trial consists in a 12-minute non-stop run. Today, it is widely used to examine the level of physical fitness of individuals, especially athletes.
The test aims at determining the maximal aerobic capacity (maximal oxygen consumption, VO2 max), which indicates the level of physical stamina. The outcome is based on the covered distance, compared to the age and sex of the tested person.
Registration: before the run, at the stadium.
The first run will start at 9.00 a.m., the last one at 1.30 p.m.. The subsequent runs will start every 15 minutes if there are at least 5 runners ready to participate.
How to get prepared for the test?
First of all, remember to warm up well, getting your body ready for an increased effort. You should enter the test maximally concentrated and motivated. Start running at a prearranged signal. Be careful not to set off at an excessive pace, as 12 minutes of fast running is a huge effort. It is advisable to keep a steady pace, speeding up only at the end.
If you feel exhausted during the test, you can rest for a while, but keep walking while doing it.
Try to do the best of your ability, so that you feel really tired after the run. This ensures that the result of the test best reflects your true capabilities. 12 minutes after the start you can stop and check the covered distance.