Tecumseh Step Test. The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's cardio-respiratory fitness.
To undertake this test you will require:
- Gym bench or step (8 inches/20.3 cm high)
- Stop watch
- Perform a step cycle of four-step cadence (right foot up, left foot up, right foot down and left foot down) completing 24 cycles in one minute. This is 2 cycles in a 5 second period
- Have someone to help you keep to the required pace or you could use a metronome set at 96 beats/minute
- Perform the test for 3 minutes
- 30 seconds after finishing the test count the number of pulse beats for 30 seconds.
The number of beats counted in 30 seconds is then used in the table below to determine the athlete's grade.
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.
For an evaluation of the athlete's performance select the age group and gender, enter the number of beats in 30 seconds and then select the 'Calculate'button.
The following table is for male athletes over the age of 19.
The following table is for female athletes over the age of 19.
This test is suitable for active and sedentary athletes 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 tables to relate results to a potential level of fitness and the correlation is high.