The University of Montreal Track Test is a continuous aerobic fitness test. It is a precursor to the Beep Test. The test is performed at a 400 meter running track. The main aim of the University of Montreal Track Test is to evaluate a person’s aerobic fitness level. Like the 20 Meter Beep Test, this is a multistage running test based on the energy cost of running.
Marker cones are set 50 meters apart from each other along the track. The first stage of this test involves walking at a pace of 6 km/h. This would require 5 Mets, or metabolic equivalents. The speed is increased by 1.2 km/h every two minutes after this. 1 Met would be required for the stage. Changes in speed for the University of Montreal Track Test are indicated by audio signals from a pre-recorded CD or tape. The test stops when you fall short by five meters or more from a particular marker. It can also be stopped if you feel unable to continue with the stage.
Results of the Test
The result or score is measured by the distance you cover in meters. The result can also be converted into a VO2max score. This can be done through the use of an equation put forth by Ahmaidi, et al. The equation helps to determine the velocity by using the distance covered in half a minute during every stage. Following is the equation to determine VO2max from this score:
VO2max = 1.353 + (3.163 × velocity in last stage) + ((0.0122586 × (velocity in last stage) 2)
The University of Montreal Track Test is extremely easy to conduct. One of the best things about this test is that it can be performed by large groups simultaneously and for