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Fitness test for beginning of BLC 25

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Thursday I took a simple fitness test to provide a baseline for my level of fitness. The idea is that this will provide a baseline by which to see my progress over the next 12 weeks.

My results:

Push up test: 18 (Average for a woman my age)
Crunch test: 30 (Excellent for a woman my age)
1 mile walk/jog/run: 15.04 minutes (Average for a woman my age)
3 minute step test: 124 bpm (heart rate) (Poor for a woman my age)

I actually did this test about a year ago (when exactly, I don't know, since I kept the numbers but neglected to date them) and this is how I did then:

Push up test: 20
Crunch test: 40
1 mile walk/jog/run: NA (I either didn't do it or didn't record it)
3 minute step test: 124 bpm (heart rate)

In other words, despite my best efforts, I have back slid over this past year. I know that it was because I had a brutal schedule and I should be proud of the fact that I maintained any kind of consistent exercise when I was working 7 days a week, often 15-19 hour days. Still, it was a pretty bitter pill to swallow.

Also, frustrating, is that I have noticed that in the 5 years I've been on sparks, I seem to be unable to improve my cardio vascular health. I've neglected strength training in this past year, but cardio I kept up consistently. And it's not like I didn't push myself! And yet... it is very hard to see any progress at all in cardio vascular. Endurance and strength, yes, but I still struggle with too high a heart rate when working out etc. and I am not sure WHY. Everything I have read suggests I should be seeing my resting heart rate go down etc. It's not getting worse--but it's no better.

Despite the "excellent" rating on crunches, I can't say that I'm happy with these numbers--especially the last one. I'm really hoping that after the next 12 weeks, I'll be able to see real improvement.
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    Have you seen a doctor about the inability to up your cardio fitness? Also, do you rely mostly on fencing/walking? Maybe you need to do some other cardio exercise to mix it up a bit.
    2287 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    You still did better on your test than I did on mine. However, I can understand your frustration as we've discussed it before. Don't be too hard on yourself. As you said the last year (plus more) have been brutal on your time and stress levels have been through the roof. I think that once you start getting your relaxation back the rest will fall into place.

    Have fun! Don't stress! Be happy.
    2288 days ago
    Now that you are past the crushing schedule of school, you will have the time to dedicate to improving those numbers. I understand where you're coming from-I have gained back some of the pounds I've lost, and the stress of the past few months hasn't helped. I have no doubt that, with the dedication and desire you have, you will see some improvement over the next 12 weeks. You can absolutely do this!
    2288 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Zanna, you know you can't burn every part of the stick , besides both ends. Give yourself a comfort hug and remind yourself that what you just accomplished is a really big deal and most of your efforts went into that. That's what you have to do to accomplish those types of things. Now your focus will shift again and you will be able to re-balance yourself. I'm so proud of you!!!!! It's actually a marvel that you stayed in this great of shape through the storm. All you gotta do is pick up where you left off and any other random pieces and make an updated plan. Remember you're still in the de-stress phase and you're probably still a bit wigged out about it. It's Spring so just think of it as a Spring Clean, out with the old and in with the new. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2288 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2014 9:37:50 PM
  • FUNGIRL81005
    You have so much more time for you now......Relax.....Your health is coming back this round!! Yes It is... emoticon emoticon
    2288 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    I know that I have to do the type of exercise for my heart rate to drop - for example if I don't cycle for a while I will peak at over 170, a couple of weeks later I am down to 140 ish and a few weeks after that 120 is as high as it goes, and this is going flat out during exercise.

    I only managed 15 pushups, so I am in awe of anyone who topped that.

    Heres to a great round and brilliant fitness results in weeks 6 and 12
    2288 days ago
    You will get better! Now that you have your degree in hand, you should have more time to work out and slowly and gradually improve your fitness! emoticon
    2288 days ago
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