I’m curious about this as well, but my first thought is that a treadmill at maximum incline may be the best choice. It seems like a more specific movement than using a stepper.
Lab test: Threadmill vs. Stepper
Dear Scott and Steve,
first of, congratulations on a fantastic book and thanks for all the dedicated work you put into this website and forums!
I’ve recently completed the 16 weeks mountaineering training plan and saw encouraging results. Before starting a second round, however, I plan to have a proper lab test done to assess my thresholds and training zones.
The lab I will do the test at asked me whether I would like to have it done on a threadmill (running) or on a stepper. I was wondering what your thoughts were on this. I largely train for mountaineering/skitouring objectives (no running), so the stepper might be an obvious choice, however the bulk of my training is done in running mode. Does the test condition (running vs. stepping) actually influence the results, i.e. thresholds and heart rate training zones? And if so, is it a problem that the typical steppers are not fully weight-bearing?
Your feedback on this would be much appreciated and I can imagine that this question/topic also concerns many other users of this forum who are about to get lab tests done. These are quite costly so I want to make sure I am getting properly tested.
Many thanks and best regards from Austria,
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