Assessing General Endurance Balke VO2max Test

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Assessing General Endurance Balke VO2max Test

Assessing General Endurance Balke VO2max Test. General endurance very important for long time work. To assess the general endurance we can use the Balke vo2max test that will describe in this article. The objective of Balke VO2max Test is to monitor the development of the athlete's general endurance (VO2max) and nonathletes too. Below the complete procedure for conducting Balke vo2max test.

Required resources
To undertake this test you will require:
  • 400m track
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.
How to conduct the test
Assessing General Endurance Balke VO2max Test
The Balke test is conducted as follows:
  • Choose a windless day and run around a track for 15 minutes - the aim is to run as far as possible
  • The assistant notes the total distance achieved in the 15 minutes to the nearest 25 metres.
Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement. The distance achieved can also be used to predict the athlete's VO2max.

Performance assessment
The formula used to calculate VO2max (Obsession for Running by Frank Horwill)
  • VO2max = (((Total distance covered / 15) - 133) x 0.172) + 33.3
  • An athletes completes 5200 metres in 15 minutes
  • VO2max = (((5200/15)- 133) x 0.172) + 33.3
  • VO2max = 70 mls/kg/min.
Target group
This test is suitable for endurance athletes and players of endurance sports (eg football, rugby) but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.

There are published VO2max tables and the correlation to actual VO2max is high.

Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evaluation Test. Electric World Plc. London.

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