Balke VO2max Test to Assessing General Endurance (VO2max)
The objective of Balke VO2max Test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s general endurance (VO2max).
To undertake this test you will require:
How to conduct the 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.
The formula used to calculate VO2max (Obsession for Running by Frank Horwill) is: