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If you are looking to achieve great things in sports, the key to your success is measuring your progress. Without understanding whether or not you were getting any better, you will just be in an endless cycle of wasting time. Most athletes that workout or just going through the motions. By tracking your progress you will ensure that you are not going through the motions and continually progressing.
If you are a youth athlete, tracking before and after results should be completed every 5 to 6 weeks. By completing test outs every 5 to 6 weeks younger athletes will stay motivated and work for progress.
Older athletes should test out every eight weeks. Their results will be much smaller but still very measurable. Athletes of this age should complete test outs that are geared towards the sports they are trying to perform at their best at.
The Two Weeks Before Your Pre-Test
Two weeks before your pre-test I highly recommend that you spend time reviewing videos and listening to educated trainers talk about the technique required to do a test out properly. If you are training for a 40 yard dash, utilize these two weeks to understand the starting position and how to takeoff successfully. The same applies for any other test out. Proper technique will help shave off time and increase output.
Next, each athlete should train for the allotted time recommended above. Compete test outs during training weeks at least 1 to 2 times a week. I highly recommend utilizing the Athlete Performance Training Series, Speed 101, and Agility Fx for specific drills to do to increase your performance.
Measuring your progress will set you apart from other athletes. It will help optimize your training and ensure that you are always moving forward. Good luck with your training!