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Cunningham & Faulkner anaerobic capacity test


The ability to work in oxygen debt is crucial for many athletes. The Cunningham and Faulkner anaerobic capacity test is an excellent way to measure this.

What is the point?

Athletes have to be able to work even when their oxygen supplies have been depleted - this is called anaerobic work.

The Cunningham and Faulkner anaerobic capacity test was designed to assess this, allowing athletes to measure their capacity and make adjustments to their training.

What do you need?

  • Treadmill capable of 20% gradient
  • Stopwatch
  • An assistant
How do you do the test?

  • Warm up
  • Practice getting onto the treadmill at test speed
  • Set the treadmill is set at 8.0 miles/hr (12.9 km/hr) and an incline of 20%
  • Start the stopwatch when the athlete starts running unsupported
  • Keep running until exhaustion - that is, until the athlete cannot maintain the required speed

What results you'll get :

Regularly performing this test will allow you to assess the effectiveness of your training program - the time to exhaustion should increase if your training is effective.

What is being measured again?

This test allows you to track the development of anaerobic capacity.




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