The Yo-Yo fitness test was developed by a Danish Soccer physiologist, Jens Bangsbo, and is not only the selection criteria for the Indian cricket team but also various soccer teams in a lot of European countries.
It was introduced in 2016 by Anil Kumble when he took over as the coach of the Indian cricket team, what exactly is this funny sounding test and how would the average individual fare and benefit if he/she took it?
“In the capacity of a professional cricketer or sports person rather, the Yo-Yo test is a traditional parameter to determine the general fitness levels of a recruit. It is a 360-degree test of one’s stamina, sustainability, agility and, above all, the ability to thrive when the pressure keeps mounting in crunch situations,” says Gaurav Jangra, the Delhi-based founder of the Launch Pad, which is into CrossFit, functional training and sports fitness.
So, now that we know exactly what the Yo-Yo test is, how will the average individual fare in it?
There is no doubt that Yo-Yo test is tougher than a lot of other fitness assessment tests and would require significantly better levels of fitness than normal to get to a decent score. But that is exactly where the solution lies as well. Just like any other routine or test, one can prepare and gradually move from one level to another over a period of time by doing the right kind of fitness investments and training.
The way to go about this is by switching up your workout, which is essential for building endurance and stamina. One can achieve this by adding activities like burpees, box jumps, jumping knee tucks and power pushups to your workout routine. Explosive movements consuming a lot of energy challenges your strength, endurance and stamina simultaneously. Once you become more explosive, you’ll notice that you have actually started moving faster.
As mentioned above, an individual requires more stamina, endurance and agility to clear the Yo-Yo test, it’s far more important for him to maintain a healthy life with a proper diet to take up this test and successfully clear the same.
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