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60 Metre Speed Test


For those individuals who run slightly longer distances, a 60 metre speed test is a good option for assessment purposes.

The test measures your speed and endurance over 60 metres.

What is the point?

While many measures of shorter-distance running performance will focus in on the very absolute sprinting distances, this speed test covers sixty metres, making it one that analyzes a greater coverage area.

The point of the 60 metre Speed test is to help measure how fast your body can go over a slightly longer period while sprinting.

What do you need?

  • 400 metre track that has a straight section that is at least 60 metres long.
  • A stop watch
  • An assistant

How do you do the test?

  • You will perform the run three separate times, therefore giving yourself a few chances to get a best score. The objective of this measure is then to compare your score with previous ones and see if you have made an improvement.
  • You are allowed to use the first thirty metres of the track as a way to build up speed and then at that point you will burst into an all out run for the remaining sixty metres (the straight portion of the track). It may be best if your track has a full straight 90 metres however this is not necessary.
  • Make sure you are also taking at least five minutes of rest in between sessions as this will help to ensure that your body's supply of ATP has regenerated itself and you are able to perform again.

What results you'll get :

Results are found by comparing you current times to previous ones. Always save all your times from the assessment so that then, when you go to perform this again in a month or two after implementing more training, you can see how much of a difference your training program has made.

What is being measured again?

These test measures your body's ability to sprint over a slightly longer period - and specifically measures top speed by allowing a couple of metres to get up to maximum acceleration.




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