Standardised fitness tests are objective methods. These are tests which have set rules or protocols relating to the way they are carried out. This means they are used in exactly the same way every time. Different tests can be used to gather data on different aspects of physical fitness. Most standardised tests have National Averages that athletes can compare themselves too.
An example of a standardised test for measuring strength would be a one rep max test. This is where the performer tries to work out the heaviest weight they can lift one time through a full repetition:
Another example of a standardised test is the \(12\;minute\) Cooper run. This is a test to measure cardio respiratory endurance.
This method of monitoring training ensures a performer is working in the correct training zone and therefore at the correct intensity. For example if training to improve stamina, a performer will need to ensure their heart rate is within aerobic training zone: \(60\) - \(80\%\) of their max.
This will also help identify when their body is beginning to adapt to training. When following a training programme, if the heart rate is too low they will know their body has adapted to that level of intensity.