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Is there a consensus over which of the many test batteries in existence (YMCA, Harvard Step, Queens Step, Kindle, Rockport, VO2max...) best assess / quantify your current level of fitness / ability, and any improvement you may make over time.

I'm aware different tests target / measure different characteristics, so any info about the prefered / common test batteries by activity type / group e.g: Sprinting, Running, Rowing, Low impact, Strength / Anaerobic, Flexibility, Swimming... would be appreciated.

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    Is this for educational purposes or to determine what level to engage yourself in? If it's the latter, forget all that and just jump into the program while progressing at your own pace. Waiting to determine your level of fitness before starting a routine is pointless. Simply start and adjust. – Kneel-Before-ZOD Apr 13 '15 at 1:32
  • More Educational / Curiosity, as I've been bleeped thought several tests, from time to time. – arober11 Apr 13 '15 at 10:33
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    It may depend on the activity. For instance, rowing typically uses VO2max. – rrirower Apr 13 '15 at 20:26
  • @rrirower thanks, but wondering if there's an agreed mapping of test(s) to activities, so Rowing = VO2max, low impact= Rockport, Cycling = xxxx, Running = yyyy, YMCA = general fitness.... ? – arober11 Apr 13 '15 at 20:31
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    I think you need to specify which exercises cover X in this case. – Sean Duggan Apr 14 '15 at 19:02

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