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by Ben Bergeron

“Bergeron Beep Test”


CrossFit New England Benchmark WOD

89.1K 1.2K
  • EMOM for as Long as Possible
  • 7 Thrusters (75/55 lb)
  • 7 Pull-Ups
  • 7 Burpees

Each minute on the minute (EMOM), starting at the top of the minute, complete one round. Rest the remainder of the minute. Repeat and continue until no longer able to complete a full round in under 1 minute.

Score is total number of rounds completed before becoming unable to complete a round before the start of the next minute.

Tips and Strategy

Strategy for this one is slow down and aim to have each round done in 50 seconds. Don’t go all out at the start. Be ready to pick up the barbell as soon as the next minute starts. And remember to breathe!

Intended Stimulus

Creator, coach Ben Bergeron says the following about this conditioning test: “This test makes it easy to compare athletes across a spectrum of sizes, locations, and regardless of skill or equipment…This is also an incredible test of mental toughness, as it is very easy to give up on this workout mentally before your body actually reaches failure. Basically, this is a test of ‘Whatcha-got?'”

Scaling Options

Scale the volume as needed to get a minimum of 10 minutes of work. The athlete can also scale the skill level (see: Pull-Up Scaling).

EMOM for as Long as Possible
5 Thrusters (75/55 lb)
5 Pull-Ups
5 Burpees

EMOM for as Long as Possible
3 Thrusters (75/55 lb)
3 Ring Rows
3 Burpees

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Background: “Bergeron Beep Test” is one of CrossFit New England’s @cfne official benchmarks, named for owner and head coach Ben Bergeron.

The “Beep Test” is a reference to another multi-stage fitness test, also known as the PACER – is a running test used to estimate an athlete’s aerobic capacity (VO2 max) in which athletes must run from one line to another before a timed beep.

CrossFit New England is famous for being the training grounds for multiple CrossFit Games champions under Bergeron. “Bergeron Beep Test” was first posted on their website June 23, 2014. CFNE names their daily WODs “for fun,” but this one is from a short list of official benchmarks provided to us by CFNE’s former Director of Operations, Eamon Coyne.

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