Aerobic fitness can be assessed using the 1.5 mile run test first described by Copper in 1968. The test can provide a valid measure of aerobic capacity, but it requires pacing and a sustained, near-maximal effort. For those reasons, at least six weeks’ aerobic training is recommended before attempting the test. Athletes should perform a warm-up before completing the 1.5 mile distance.
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Time is recorded to the nearest second, and a gradual cool-down should follow the test. Interpret test performance using the tables below. If the Cooper 1.5 mile run test is performed on a treadmill, the incline should be set at 1% to replicate running outdoors.
We use the Cooper 1.5 mile run test during our Personal Training routines to evaluate your fitness, this gives us and you a valuable benchmark and guide to your fitness, from time to time you will be re-evaluated you to see how your fitness results have improved.
Classification of cardio-respiratory fitness based on Cooper 1.5-mile run test (Cooper, 1982). Values represent time (min:s) elapsed in completing 1.5 miles (2.4-km)
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