A cycle ergometer test of aerobic fitness. The subject cycles at 50 rev mm−1 for 6 min at a work load set at a level related to the sex and condition of the subject (unconditioned males, 50–100 watts, unconditioned females 50–75 watts, conditioned mates 100–150 watts, and conditioned females 75–110 watts). The subject's heart rate is taken in the last 10 s of each of the two final minutes of exercise. The average of these two figures, corrected for the subject's age, is used to estimate a maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), The estimate is based on the assumption that subjects of the same age have a similar maximal heart rate.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.