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8. 8. 2012.

Balke VO2max Test

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s general endurance(VO2max).

Required resources

  • 400m track
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

  • 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, 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 is:

VO2max = (((Total distance covered / 15) – 133) x 0.172) + 33.3

  • An athlete completes 5200 metres in 15 minutes
  • VO2max = (((5200/15) – 133) x 0.172) + 33.3
  • VO2max = 70 mls/kg/min
Target group

Suitable for endurance athletes and players of individual sports(soccer, rugby, american football…).


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

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