Validity of Total Body Recumbent Stepper Exercise Test to Assess Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Journal of Strength Conditioning and Research September 2008

Billinger, SA, Loudon, JK, and Gajewski, BJ.

Univ. of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Preliminary data of this study suggest that the total body recumbent stepper (TBRS-XT) may be a valid test to predict VO2max when treadmill testing is not feasible.

Validity of total body recumbent stepper exercise test to assess cardiorespiratory fitness

Twenty-two healthy adults (mean 26.9 yrs) performed, in random order, two maximum exercise tests (the treadmill-based Bruce protocol as the gold standard and a novel test using a total body recumbent stepper (TBRS-XT)) to assess the validity and reliability of the TBRS-XT in determining VO2max.

Use of the TBRS-XT was motivated to benefit individuals such as those with stroke, who cannot tolerate a treadmill or cycle ergometer test due to hemiparesis, increased tone in the extremities or balance deficits.

Preliminary data suggest that the TBRS-XT may be a valid test to predict VO2max when treadmill testing is not feasible.

This would allow clinicians an alternative method for exercise testing and prescription to promote healthy lifestyle interventions for a variety of patient populations.

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