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.