Tri-Level Anaerobic Test

Tri-Level Anaerobic Test. The objective of this test is to assess the ability of the athlete’s muscle groups involved to utilise the anaerobic system to generate power and maintain work (capacity) during intense exercise.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Exertech EX-10 cycle ergometer with interfaced work monitor unit.
  • Stop watch.
  • Assistant.

How to conduct The Tri Level Anaerobic Test? 

The test is conducted as follows:

Tri-Level Anaerobic Endurance Test
  • Adjust cycle ergometer seat and ensure that equipment is operating satisfactorily
  • Athlete to complete a 5 minute warm up on the bike at a steady pace
  • Athlete to rest for 2 minutesAthlete to take up the starting position on the bike – standing stationary on the pedals, with the front pedal a little higher than the back pedal
  • Assistant to reset the work monitor unit to zero and set the readings to the “high” range
  • On the command “Go” the subject pedals with maximum effort 10 seconds, with the last 5 seconds being counted aloud
  • At exactly 10 seconds, the hold switch is pressed and the kilojoules score together with the “frozen” watts reading on the circular scale meter are recorded. The “frozen” or stored watts represent the kinetic energy stored in the bicycle
  • The athlete should cool down with 2 to 3 minutes easy pedalling.


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.

Target group

This test is suitable for active 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 no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.


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