In this article we are going to speak about the Conconi test created by the Italian doctor Francesco Conconi. This test This test allows you to calculate your Maximum Aerobic Speed like many other tests. We can mention the Vameval test and the 45-15 test, which are among the best known. In addition, the Conconi test can be used to calculate the anaerobic threshold. Any physical trainer (or sports coach) needs to know the MAS of his athletes in order to be able to individualise his training. His main objective is to promote his progress and avoid possible injuries. The characteristics of the audience (age, level, gender, ability to excel, etc.) must be taken into account.
- A track of at least 200 meters
- Cones spaced every 50 metres (have an odometer)
- A soundtrack (the Sportbeeper)
- A heart rate monitor
Conduct of the test
- The test can be started at 8 or 10 km/h.
- Each increments lasts 200 meters
- The speed increases between each increments by 0.5 km/h
For an optimal success of the test, it is recommended to change the increment a dozen times. The heart rate is measured at each increment during this test. The heart rate curve is then plotted at the end of the test as a function of speed. The inflection point then corresponds to the anaerobic threshold
Note: In cold weather, it is possible to add a warm-up although the slow start speed normally serves as a warm-up.
Advantages : The test is quite simple to set up. All you have to do is to place markers every 50 metres and follow the soundtrack of the test. In addition, a large number of participants can be assessed at the same time.
Disadvantages : Takes a long time, requires a heart rate monitor on the Speed/Fc relationship, requires the ability to push yourself mentally.