Harvard Step Test

Harvard Step Test

 

The Harvard step test is a simple way to measure cardiovascular fitness. The test is not the equivalent of VO2 max but is correlated with it.

How to conduct the test

This test requires the employee to step up and down off a 45cm step for 5 minutes at a rate 30 steps/minute

  • The employee warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant gives the command "GO" and starts the stopwatch
  • The employee steps up and down onto a standard gym bench once every two seconds for five minutes (150 steps)
  • The assistant stops the test after 5 minutes
  • The assistant measures the employee's heart rate (bpm) one minute after finishing the test - Pulse1
  • The assistant measures the employee's heart rate (bpm) two minutes after finishing the test - Pulse2
  • The assistant measures the employee's heart rate (bpm) three minutes after finishing the test - Pulse3

Step Test Calculator

Please enter the employees gender, pulse rates (Pulse 1, Pulse 2 and Pulse 3) and then click on the Submit' button.

Gender
Pulse 1 = bpm Pulse 2 = bpm Pulse 3 = bpm
How fit are you? points

The Normal VO2max Values, click to view.


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