In this article we are going to speak about the TUB II test. This test allows you to calculate your Maximum Aerobic Speed (MAS) like many other tests. We can mention the Vameval test and the 45-15 test which are among the best known. Any fitness coach needs to know the MAS of his athletes in order to be able to individualise his training. His main objective is to help his progress and avoid possibles injuries. The characteristics of the public (age, level, sexe, capacity to excel…) must be taken into account
Materials needed :
- A track of at least 200 meters
- Cones spaced every 20 meters (have an odometer)
- A soundtrack (the Sportbeeper)
Test procedure :
The test can start at 8 or 12 km/h. Each levels lasts 3 minutes and participants have one minute to recover between each stage. If the test starts at 8 km/h, the speed is increased by 2 km/h to 12 km/h and then by 1km/h. If the test starts at 12 km/h it is only increased once by 2km/h. Thus, from 14 km/h, the speed increases by 1 km/h at each stage after the minute of recovery.
To validate a level, each athlete must be next to the cones when the “bip” sounds.
The test is over when the athlete is no longer able to reach the cones at the bip or he stops. A lateness of several meters on a cones can be allowed if it is immediately erased on the next cones (espacially on the first level, the higher the levels, the more demanding you must be)
The MAS corresponds to the last fully completed level + the time completed in the next level.
Note : In cold weather, it is possible to add a warm up although the slow start speed normaly serves as a warm-up.
The test is quite simple to set up. All you have to do is to place cones every 20 meters and follow the soundtrack of the test. Moreover, a large nomber of participants can be assessed at the same time.
- Lasts a long time,
- requires a heart rate monitor for more accuracy on the Speed/ Cf relation,
- requires the ability to challenge oneself mentally.