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500m Rowing Ergo Test

This is a fitness test specific for rowers. The 500m Rowing Ergo Test is part of the eTID Talent Identification Testing Program for rowing, and their protocol is listed here. There is also a 5000m and 2000m ergo test.

purpose: the aim of this test is to measure total body anaerobic power. The test is designed to completely exhaust all anaerobic energy production pathways

equipment required: Concept IID rowing ergometer (or equivalent). A specific drag factor needs to be set (see comments below).

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender and test conditions. Check and calibrate the equipment as required. Perform a standard warm-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.

procedure: Ensure the correct drag factor is set correctly with the preferred display option selected on screen (see comments below). Sit ready to start the 500m test. The aim of the test is to cover the 500m in the shortest possible time, and you should be exhausted at the completion of the 500m trial. Experience has shown that better scores are achieved with an even split (same time for the first 250 as for the second 250m) rather than starting conservatively and then coming home strong, or going out too fast and not being able to complete the distance.

scoring: Record the time taken to complete the 500m in minutes and seconds and the average stroke rate.

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target population: rowers


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