The Maximal Ramp Test

The test detailed assumes a high level of basic fitness and low risk category of cardio vascular events. Consult your Doctor before you commence any of the Wattbike tests or training plans. A pre participation health screen should be completed for all individuals wishing to take part in exercise or an exercise program. The Wattbike tests are not suitable if you are a beginner, have been recently ill or injured. Exercise prescription for minors should only be carried out under supervision of a qualified scientist. Any self exercise prescription participation is done at your own risk.
Derived from the ACSM’s exercise/ test participation recommendations

Why complete this test

We recommend that you only undertake this test if you are overseen by experienced accredited sports scientist. This is the ‘gold standard’ test designed to find your MMP, MHR and can also be used to calculate FTP.

When to use the Max Ramp Test

Use this test when you want to find your true MMP and MHR. As mentioned above, only undertake this test if you are overseen by a qualified professional.

What is the Max Ramp Test

It’s an incremental test to exhaustion, the target wattage increases by a set amount every minute until failure. The final full minute completed is where MMP and MHR are recorded.

How to complete the Max Ramp Test

1. From the main menu select workouts/ tests

2. On the test screen, select Max Ramp Test

3. Input your age, weight and gender and the Start and Stage Wattage, then press enter 

4. Once the progress bar has disappeared, you can start your test

5. The live display will show time remaining in that stage, cadence, interval, wattage target, power perkily heart rate and peak power

How to interpret the results

Following the test, a ‘test’ screen will automatically appear which displays:

  • FTP
  • MMP
  • MHR
  • Power Per Kilo
  • VO2 Estimate
  • METs (represents the intensity of the test) 

You can press the right arrow to switch between tabs for more information.

If you miss this summary screen, don’t worry, all test data is stored and can be accessed in Recall. 

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