Think you’re fit? So did hundreds of police officers who failed a forces fitness test last week. So would you pass the official fitness test?
The police fitness test has two elements:
BLEEP TEST. Officially known as the endurance shuttle run. Two points are set 15 metres apart. You have to run to each point before the bleep, with the beeps getting progressively faster between each point. Four shuttles at level 5 (3.5 minutes) is required to pass. Dog handlers and firearms officers have to reach even higher levels of fitness.
DYNAMIC STRENGTH. This involves performing eight seated chest presses and five seated back pulls. The machine measures your average strength. You must push and pull 34kg and 35kg weights to pass.
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The Royal Marines test is one of the most difficult fitness tests in the world!
PRE JOINING TEST. You have to pass a test to even apply. First run 1.5 miles (2.4k) with the treadmill at 2% incline. This must be completed in under 12 minutes 30 seconds. Immediately afterwards run another 1.5 miles in less than 10 minutes.
2 DAY POTENTIAL ROYAL MARINES COURSE. First repeat the above 3 mile split run. Next complete four gym tests:
Other national fitness tests you could try are testmyfitness, the NHS fitness self assessment and Netfit. Don’t reach the fitness mark? Targets are a great motivation for improving fitness. Start at the gym. Who knows where it could end?
I would love to take a bleep test. Maybe some gyms could offer it in a hall if enough people were interested in testing their fitness, old-school style?
People forget the challenges the police and military have to face in getting selected. Fitness is imperative.
Ah, simple!!! The bleep test alone terrifies me!
I have nightmares about the BLEEP TEST from school - fascinating to see it's used by the police, obviously in a more advanced way - I'd be interested to see if I could do this now, I wasn't great at it two decades ago!
It's good to know there is a high standard of fitness required for our police!
'I've said it before and I'll say it again - our policemen are wonderful!'. I am a little old for the force now but I recall a policeman saying how important this is. It is no good if they can't keep up with the criminals!