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Fitness Testing History

Exercise physiology is a relatively new science, with beginnings in the late 19th century. There is not much information documented about the origins of human assessment and exercise testing in a sporting context.

The names of the pioneers and scientific groups are associated with specific tests, such as the Harvard step test, and the Cooper, Sargent and Bruce tests. Where did they start and what are the significance of these in terms of the history of this area of exercise science? In this section of the fitness testing website I hope to detail some of the pioneers in this significant area of science.

Here are some profiles of the pioneers in exercise testing:

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