Bleep test was a quality workout
Lennox Herald reporter Jenny Foulds donned her trainers for the physical trials to test whether or not she would be able to cope with a the physical pressures of police life.
She tells us how hard it was to beat the bleep... “The reality of what I had signed up to just days earlier sank in as I stood in a line alongside 24 pupils who had spent four weeks training for this.
I would describe myself as a gym-goer but the last time I did a bleep test was at school about 15 years ago – and I hated it.
I had agreed to be put through my paces with the students to see if I have what it takes to be a cop.
As the countdown began, it hit me that this wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.
Anyone who has done a bleep test will know how quickly the pace can pick up and having initially been well ahead, it’s soon clear how close I’m cutting it on each leg.
It is a 15-metre pacer test which starts slowly and builds in pace.
And still things get faster.
Onto level five the turns are getting shorter, fractions of a second.
And even when the minimum level of 5.5 is reached there’s no time for celebration.
My little legs eventually gave in at level eight — with over a dozen pupils still going strong and some reaching level 12 — very impressive!
Despite being in opposing teams on the two different school, the boys cheered each other, which was great to see.
With legs like jelly, I could easily have called it a day there and then but it wasn’t over yet.
Up next was the circuit challenge...
We were partnered up and had to make our way around seven stations — doing as many press ups, star jumps, burpees, step ups and tricep dips as we could for a minute at a time.
By the final sit-ups station, every part of me ached but then my results were revealed and I was told I would pass with flying colours!
We all passed the test and the pupils got to celebrate with two big tubs of well-deserved Quality Street.
A fitting end, I’d say!”
Elbow grease Pushing herself to the limit