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.
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.
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.
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.
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.