Having always been a bit strange things like fitness testing for some reason really excite me. In a career where many things aren't particularly measureable - your form fluctuates, you get a good result one week perceiving to play well only to lose the next week perceiving to play terribly - I love knowing exactly where I am at with something and if I have improved.
The pieces of equipment used by the EIS (English Institute of Sport) can't lie or sugar coat bad performances or put a downer on good ones they show me numbers on a page and with numbers on a page I can relate!
As with this time last year we were tested in 6 ways:
Isometric Pull Test (Max Strength)
Standing Jump Test (Power)
Reactive Jump Test (Reactive Power)
Repeated Speed Test and
The Bleep Test (Vo2max).
All of my results had improved which I was really pleased about and my bleep test and repeated speed test is now well up there with the top senior guys scores. My speed and strength is still someway behind though meaning that they will remain my targets until the end of the season and into summer training.
Off to Austria tomorrow where I play Piedro Schweetman (WR 103) in the first round on Friday evening. Last time I played him it was 12-10 in the 5th to him. Time for revenge .... (I hope)!