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Burpee Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made. In the analysis, we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.


The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's agility and balance.

Required Resources

To conduct this test, you will require:

  • Flat non-slip surface
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

The test requires the athlete to perform as many Burpees as possible in 30 seconds.

The correct technique for one Burpee is: stand erect with the arms by the side - bend the knees and place the hands on the floor in front of the feet (squat position) - thrust the legs back to assume a push-up position with a straight line from the shoulders to the heels - return to the squat position - return to the standing position.

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant gives the command “GO”, starts the stopwatch, and the athlete commences the test
  • The assistant counts the number of correctly performed Burpees
  • The assistant keeps the athlete informed of the remaining time
  • The assistant stops the test after 30 seconds and records the number of correctly performed Burpees
Start Position

Stand Erect

Mid Position

Squat Position

End Position

Press Up Position


I have been unable to locate any normative data for this test. A good result for this test is >16 Burpees for men and >12 for women.


Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's strength, agility and balance.

Target Group

This test is suitable for active athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to how a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides various factors that may influence the results and therefore, the test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made based on test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.


  • No equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere


  • Assistant required to administer the test

Page Reference

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  • MACKENZIE, B. (2005) Burpee Test [WWW] Available from: [Accessed