The Canadian Home Fitness Step Test

This test was specifically developed for a fitness survey of the Canadian people in the early 1980s. It is a test of aerobic fitness which people could perform themselves at home. (see also other step tests)

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  3-minute 6-minute 6-minute
Age Undesirable Minimum Recommended
15-19 > 30 > 27 > 26
20-29 > 29 > 26 > 25
30-39 > 28 > 25 > 24
40-49 > 26 > 24 > 23
50-59 > 25 > 23 > 22
60-69 > 24 > 23 > 22

Data Tables

Ten second recovery pulse ceilings for halting the test. If the 10 second pulse count is greater than these amounts, the test should be stopped.

Age Halt at 3min
(beats)
Halt at 6min: 25sec
(beats)
15-19 > 30 > 27
20-29 > 29 > 26
30-39 > 28 > 25
40-49 > 26 > 24
50-59 > 25 > 23
60-69 > 24 > 23

Age and sex specific rhythms, and energy cost for each rhythm pace for use in the results equation by Jetté et al. (1976).

Age Rhythm for Women
(count/min)
Energy Cost
(l.min-1)
Rhythm for Men
(count/min)
Energy Cost
(l.min-1)
Warm-Up 66 0.94 66 1.14
15-19 120 1.63 144 2.28
20-29 114 1.49 144 2.38
30-39 114 1.49 132 2.01
40-49 102 1.32 114 1.83
50-59 84 1.05 102 1.63
60-69 84 1.05 84 1.35
Spare Music 132 1.79 156 2.77

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