The sportbeeper pro is used in many sports, including football and handball. Athletics clubs also use our field tool for running disciplines (sprint, cross-country and middle-country) as well as race walking. During a meeting, a sportbeeper user told us that he was having trouble setting up a VAMEVAL test for Nordic walking. He couldn’t adapt the speed ranges of the VAMEVAL test so that they were low enough to use the tool for walking. This customer halved the space between the studs that was normally displayed.
How do I set up a VAMEVAL test for Nordic walking?
The VAMEVAL test on the sportbeeper cannot be configured. The test protocol is the same as that used in our tool. Simply place your blocks and press the START button to start a VAMEVAL test.
However, we wanted the sportbeeper pro to be fully customisable. So you can create your own VMA tests. Tests T1 to T5 at the end of the testing menu are fully configurable.
- The T1 test is used for intermittent testing.
- The T2 test is an intermittent shuttle test
- T3 and T4 tests are continuous tests
- the T5 test is a mixed open test (with the addition of a step break compared with continuous tests)
To perform a test similar to the VAMEVAL test, you need to choose the T3 or T4 test. To adapt the test for Nordic walking, you can set an initial speed of 5 km/h. You can, of course, modify the final speed, the incremental stop, the stop duration and the distance to the cones.