The yo-yo intermittent recovery test varies from coaches staple beep test by having a short recovery period after each 2 x 20 metre sprint. The yo-yo test proposes to evaluate a player’s ability to perform repeatedly over a prolonged period rather than just VO2 max as in the beep test.
The test is split into level 1 aimed at novices, and level 2, fit to elite, starting at a faster pace. Upon hearing a test lasts between 6 and 20 minutes at level 1, and the expected distance for recreational players was just 12-1300 metres for men (level 16.3-16.5) the assumption was it would be too easy, especially with “rest” periods. I was wrong. It was hellish. My feeble attempt was summed up by the coach indicating I may not be a team player anyway.
Luckily research indicates even the moderate marathon runner averages 20% less than the equivalent level footballer in this test, signifying the yo-yo intermittent recovery test is a more accurate reflection of an intermittent game player over the old faithful. Expect to see coaches rolling out this test in pre-season and don’t make the same mistake I made by actually turning up. You have been warned.