Fitness testing at home
Timing how long it takes to run a particular distance or how long you can spend on an exercise bike before fatigue kicks in will give you some idea of how fit you are, but it doesn’t actually provide you with a specific reading that can be assessed and used to set future goals.
Some gyms may offer you a VO2 test, widely regarded as one of the most accurate tests of aerobic capacity. However, these tests are not widely available and can be very expensive.
fitnessASSIST recommend the Chester Step Test as an affordable and reliable means of testing your aerobic fitness at home.
The Chester Step Test is an easy-to-perform fitness test that is widely used by fire brigades, police forces and ambulance services.
It has been subject to a number of validation studies and is now considered to be an accurate and reliable test of aerobic fitness.
The test is commonly used in health clubs and occupational health departments because it can be performed quickly and in areas of limited space. This means it is the ideal fitness test for individuals for whom time and space is at a premium.
All that is needed to perform the test is a stepping platform, heart rate monitor, CD player and a pen to record your results. The robust steps are available in a variety of sizes and the full test kits include a heart rate monitor, test calculator, audio CD, instruction manual and data collection and result sheets.
The calculator allows you to accurately estimate your VO2 max reading, giving you an understanding of your level of health and fitness.
These results can not only be used to assess your current fitness level but also to set new goals and targets for improving your aerobic fitness and respiratory health.
The Chester Step Test is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness, take a look at the full range of Chester Step Test products now.
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