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What is the best way to test cardiovascular endurance?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Personal Trainer interview

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Fitness testing helps personal trainers assess their clients in order to set attainable goals. Depending upon the person, there are a variety of tests you could do. You could put your client on a treadmill and have them complete the Bruce Test, watching their heart rate and testing for heart problems. You could also try the Harvard Step Test, timing the client as they step up and down a platform for three minutes. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the different cardio endurance tests.

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What is the best way to test cardiovascular endurance?
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The safest way to test cardiovascular endurance is to perform the 1.5 mile run on the treadmill.
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To find out a person's V02 Max.
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By the maximum heart rate and how Long can he/she last on moderate intense cardio workout.
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Testing an individuals VO2 Max through running or cycling. Example would be a beep test.
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Find the target heart rate.
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For beginner aerobic cardio workout for advanced interval workout.
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I like to do a 12 minute run/jog test on the treadmill.
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VO2 max testing, beep test,
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In my opinion the best way to test cardiovascular endurance is the Vo2 Max, but if it is not available the Mile Run is always a good alternative.
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Mile run/walk. Rockport fitness test.
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Bruce, Modified bruce, ramped protocol, cycle ergometer test. 1.5 mile run. 12 min run.
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Vo2 max testing on treadmill or a continuous running test.
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There few test for example sit up test or bench step heart rate test.
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In a lab style setting with equipment to record your vo2 max. without equipment for regular people, something like the cooper run or the rockport walk measuring either heart rate or distance.
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Speaking to a client while they are runing.
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By speaking to a client while they run in a treadmill.

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