What is a Sub-Maximal Test?

A sub-maximal test allows for an individual’s cardiorespiratory or aerobic fitness level to be estimated without them needing to fully exert themselves. Either a cycling test or a treadmill test can be chosen. The available tests are as follows.

  • 1. YMCA submaximal cycling test
  • 2. YMCA step test
  • 3. 1-mile treadmill walk/jog test
  • Who can take the test?

    The test is targeted for the general population who wish to discover what their aerobic fitness levels are like. Before undergoing the test, you need to complete the Exercise Test Readiness Form to check for any health or safety-related issues. If you have had a history of cardiovascular, pulmonary or Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) or have been stratified as high risk by a doctor, you may need to consult your general practitioner or a Sport and Exercise physician before undergoing the test.

    How will I feel during the test?

    Even though this is not a test which requires you to push yourself to the maximum, it will still be challenging for some people. If you are someone who has not been physically active, you may experience breathlessness and fatigue towards the end of the test. These feelings are usually transient. You can, however, request to stop the test at any time. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult your doctor before undergoing the test.

    What are the risks?

    Some of the possible risks of a sub-maximal test include muscle aches, giddiness, cramps.

    Will I have my report on the same day after I perform the test?

    Yes, the test takes a total of 45 minutes with a maximum of 25 minutes on a treadmill or a stationary bicycle. Thereafter, your results will be analysed. Once the analysis is done, the Exercise Physiologist will discuss the results and the training plans with you.

    What should I do?

    How should I prepare for the test?

    No strenuous physical activity should be undertaken the day before the test. No caffeine should be ingested on the day prior to the test. Your meal, be it breakfast or lunch, should be taken at least 2 hours before the test. You should be adequately hydrated an hour before the test. Please come in sports attire and bring along your identity card on your appointment date. If you don’t feel well on the test day (e.g. cold, flu, muscle fatigue), you can call us at (65) 6850 1569/70 to change your test date.

    How can I make an appointment?

    Please call the Singapore Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre @ CGH at Tel (65) 68501569/70 for appointment.