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. Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 1:32
  • More Educational / Curiosity, as I've been bleeped thought several tests, from time to time.
    – arober11
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 10:33
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    It may depend on the activity. For instance, rowing typically uses VO2max.
    – rrirower
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 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
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 20:31
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    I think you need to specify which exercises cover X in this case.
    – Sean Duggan
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 19:02


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