WATCH: Boxing Fitness Test – Yo Yo Intermittent Recovery Test

Looking for a boxing fitness test to evaluate strengths, areas for improvement and effectiveness of training camps?

Look no further as we have defined a boxing specific fitness testing package that is supported by scientific evidence. Boxing Science use results from the range of tests to define the key performance indicators for boxing and how beneficial sport science training interventions are on physical performance of boxers.

Here we share a short video of the infamous test we use to analyse a boxer’s aerobic fitness.

Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test
  • Tests the ability to repeat high intensity exercise with a short, intermittent recovery.
  • Strong relationships for Yo-Yo performance with competitive experience and age for 30 amateur boxers.
  • Reliable and recognised test used predominantly in professional football, hockey and rugby.

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IMG_7323 (1)Callum Beardow | Elite Amateur, 2012 National ABA Junior Champion, Light-Heavyweight

“The Yo-Yo test is very similar to boxing as it gets harder the longer you go on, whether it be during the test or a fight the harder its gets. However, you still have to increase the speed of  short bursts of intense work”

Danny Wilson co-founded Boxing Science in 2014 following building the successful Boxing program at Sheffield Hallam University where he has coached over 100 amateur and professional boxers as a strength and conditioning coach. He has also helped prepare Kell Brook for his mega-fight with Gennady Golovkin, and his Ingle Gym stablemates including Kid Galahad, Jordan Gill and Kyle Yousaf.

Away from Boxing, Danny is currently the Yorkshire regional strength and conditioning coach for England Golf and has experiences in youth and professional standards across a range of sports.

Danny is a United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association accredited strength and conditioning coach and has a Master of Science degree in Sport Science at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. For his final research project Danny profiled the physiological characteristics of amateur boxers and will share some of the novel findings on Boxing Science. Danny will be contributing to the Strength and Conditioning section by writing about the science behind the punch, training methods, working with junior athletes and case studies.