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Fitness Assessment: Cardiovascular Endurance

Cardiovascular Endurance is the bodies ability to deliver oxygenated blood to working muscles and the muscles ability to use that oxygen to move the body.

 


 

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Designed to test the bodies ability to quickly return heart rate to near resting rates after exercise. The 3 minute step assessment involves a 3 minute trial of stepping onto a 12 inch step and back to the floor repeatedly. Click the link or picture above to see a video demonstration.

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Cooper 12 Minute Run

 

Designed to estimate VO2 Max (maximal oxygen consumption). The 12 minute run assessment requires the participant to run as far as posible in a 12 minute time span. Simply based off the distance covered over the 12 minutes VO2 max can be calculated.

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Rockport 1 Mile Walk

 

Less strenuous than the 12 minute run assessment, the Rockpost 1 mile walk assessment measures cardivascular endurance by recording the time and resultant heart rate after a participant briskly walks the distance of 1 mile. 

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YMCA Cycle Ergometer

 

The YMCA Cycle Ergometer assessment allows for a low impact measurement of cardiovascular endurance by using a stationary bike for the mode of exercise. The assessment involves cycling on a stationary bike while blood pressure and RPE (Rate of Percieved Exertion) is recorded periodically.

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