Validation of the 12-Minute Cycle Ergometer Test Using a Higher Resistance Setting

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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The 12-Minute Stationary Cycle Ergometer Test (12MCET) has been developed and validated as an accurate VO2peak prediction test particularly for the injured (7). Prediction is based on body weight and total work done in 12 min at a resistance setting of 2.5 kp (men) and 2.0 kp (women) on the Monark cycle ergometer. In the development of the 12MCET a small number of subjects stated a preference for a higher resistance setting than 2.5 kp. The purpose of this study was to validate the use of the 12MCET with a resistance setting of 3.0 kp for a sample of 30 college-age men. When applied to the 12MCET, use of the 3.0 kp resistance setting overpredicted actual VO2peak by a mean of 175 ml • min−1 (p = .02). We concluded that the use of a 3.0 kp resistance setting for the 12MCET is inappropriate and that any resistance setting other than that prescribed should not be used without proper validation.

Paul M. Vanderburgh is with the Department of Health Fitness, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109. Ronald E. DeMeersman is with the Applied Physiology Laboratory, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.

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