Harvard Step Test Calculator

The Harvard Step test is used to measure cardiovascular fitness.  It's a simple test that requires no expensive equipment.

You will need:

  • A step approximately 18 inches (45cm) high.
  • A stop watch.

Instructions

  • Step on to the step or bench every two seconds for 5 minutes (total of 150 steps).
  • Take your pulse exactly 1 minute after finishing (take it over 15 seconds and multiply by 4). This is Pulse 1.
  • Take your pulse exactly 2 minutes after finishing (take it over 15 seconds and multiply by 4). This is Pulse 2.
  • Take your pulse exactly 3 minutes after finishing (take it over 15 seconds and multiply by 4). This is Pulse 3.
  • Enter the numbers into the calculator below.


HARVARD STEP TEST CALCULATOR
Pulse 1 = bpm
Pulse 2 = bpm
Pulse 3 = bpm
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