Step for Chester Step Test
- Robust and durable
- Designed specifically for use with the Chester Step Test
- Max weight capacity 260kg
- Complies with BS EN 14183:2003E
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Here is a guide to help you decide which size step you are likely to need:
- 12 inch (30cm) Step – is generally suitable for those under 40 years of age who take regular physical exercise and are used to moderately vigorous exertion.
- 10 inch (25cm) Step – is generally suitable for those over 40 years of age who take regular physical exercise and are used to moderately vigorous exertion.
- 8 inch (20cm) Step – is generally suitable for those under 40 years of age who take little or no regular physical exercise and for those under-40s who are moderately overweight.
- 6 inch (15cm) Step – is generally suitable for those over 40 years of age who take little or no regular physical exercise and for those over-40s who are moderately overweight.
- 4 inch (10cm) Step – is generally suitable for cardiac rehabilitation testing.
N.B. For testing the over-60s, the lower step heights of 20cm or 15cm are best suited.
Pre-Test Health Screening
It is imperative that there are no medical contraindications to the subject undertaking any of the tests. Most people do not require a medical check-up before taking this test or starting regular, moderate exercise. However, if there are any doubts about the individual’s suitability to partake in moderately vigorous physical activity, then please advise them to consult a doctor and do not conduct the Fitness Test.
The Chester Step Test Single Height Step is a robust, fibre and resin composite stepping platform designed specifically for use with the Chester Step Test. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, the Chester Step Test is ideal for use in areas of limited space where aerobic assessment is required, such as occupational health testing and in a health club environment.
As a submaximal test of aerobic fitness, it has been subject to a variety of validation studies and can now be described as an easy to use, accurate and reliable test of aerobic fitness. The Chester Step Test has been adopted by corporate organisations around the world as a method of assessment for aerobic fitness. Approved by the Home Office for use in the assessment of fire-fighters fitness, it is widely used by fire brigades, airport fire services, police and ambulance services.
The Chester Step Test is also used in cardiac rehabilitation departments to assess and set goals for the development of a patient’s aerobic fitness. Leisure and health clubs also use the Chester Step Test as an integral part of their health programs.
The Chester Step Test is a submaximal test used to determine aerobic fitness and cardio-respiratory health. The protocol of stepping to the metronome beep enables the subject to achieve a predetermined heart rate value (i.e. 80% of their assumed maximum heart rate).
The heart rate increases with increasing workload. Once the heart rate is at 50% of the assumed maximum, the stroke volume element ceases to be a factor in cardiac output leaving only heart rate to supply the increasing demand for oxygen. Hence heart rate increases in a linear fashion with increasing workload. The linear increase in workload and heart rate essentially holds true from a point where heart rate is 50% of the assumed maximum heart rate through various increasing levels of workload until the heart rate is at 80% of the assumed maximum heart rate.
The point at which the predicted heart rate reaches its predicted maximum heart rate is the estimated VO2 max reading (maximal Oxygen Uptake). The test is not geared towards athletic types wanting an absolute value of aerobic fitness. It gives all members of the general public a guide to their level of health and fitness.