Fitness standards for male college students

  • Edward L. Fox
  • Charles E. BillingsJr.
  • Robert L. Bartels
  • Robert Bason
  • Donald Mathews


The endurance fitness of 135 American male college students was evaluated by the maximal aerobic power test (bicycle ergometer), and the Harvard step test. Comparison of results with those previously reported indicated that our sample was representative of students in a number of countries. The following endurance fitness standards were therefore constructed: Aerobic power — less than 2.4 l/min or 34 ml/kg-min, poor; 2.4 to 2.9 l/min or 34 to 40 ml/kg-min, low average; 3.0 to 3.5 l/min or 41 to 48 ml/kg-min, average; 3.6 to 4.0 l/min or 49 to 55 ml/kg-min, good; greater than 4.0 l/min or 55 ml/kg-min, excellent: Harvard step test index — less than 54, poor; 64 to 67, low-average; 68 to 82, average; 83 to 96, good; greater than 96, excellent.

Key words

Maximal Aerobic Power Maximal Oxygen Consumption Harvard Step Test Endurance Fitness Standards 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward L. Fox
    • 1
  • Charles E. BillingsJr.
    • 1
  • Robert L. Bartels
    • 1
  • Robert Bason
    • 1
  • Donald Mathews
    • 1
  1. 1.Exercise Physiology and Aviation Medicine Research LaboratoriesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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