Tecumseh Step Test

Tecumseh Step Test. The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s cardio-respiratory fitness.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
  • Gym bench or step (8 inches/20.3 cm high)
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.

How to conduct The Tecumseh Step Test?

The Tecumseh step test is conducted as follows:
  • 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.
Tecumseh Step Test

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.

Performance assessment

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.

Classification Age
28-29 30-39 39-49 49+
Outstanding 34-36 35-38 37-39 37-40
Very Good 37-40 39-41 40-42 41-43
Good 41-42 42-43 43-44 44-45
Fair 43-47 44-47 45-49 46-49
Low 48-51 48-51 50-53 50-53
Poor 52-59 52-59 54-60 54-62

The following table is for female athletes over the age of 19.

Classification Age
28-29 30-39 39-49 49+
Outstanding 39-42 39-42 41-43 41-44
Very Good 43-44 43-45 44-45 45-47
Good 45-46 46-47 46-47 48-49
Fair 47-52 48-53 48-54 50-55
Low 53-56 54-56 55-57 56-58
Poor 57-66 57-66 58-67 59-66

Table Reference: McArdle W.D. et el; Essential of Exercise Physiology; 2000

Target group

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.


Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Perforamnce Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.

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