For an athlete, power is usually defined as strength applied at speed. This is critical in a huge range of sports and athletics events, and is the point at which pure strength becomes functional. Power tests are designed to benchmark and quantify an athlete’s improvement.
Power tests are therefore something that coaches are keen to use in order to measure an athletes power. As a result, a whole range of different power tests have emerged to measure this crucial element in an athletes performance. As well as performing tests with your coach, look for completed personal training courses by fitness professionals – they could help you train for the tests as well as understand how you can perform better.
These tests vary in both the distance over which the athlete is tested, and the measure used for assessment. All of them can help you build up a picture of your fitness levels, your strength and therefore your overall power.