Why isn't the Ramp Test called the Step Test

It’s only a silly thing really.

I appreciate that the intensity ramps up, but I kinda think of a ramp as a smooth slope, not as a series of steps. So it should be called a Step Test.

Anyone know?

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Easier to do the calcs if it’s in steps?

Easier to match the power?

Dunno really. The other “ramp” tests I’ve done have all been “steps”, even way back in the 1980s.

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They still use the Ramp tests, where the resistance increases steadily, in a lot of exercise physiology labs. The ergometer would be programmed to increase at 20 or 30w per minute so would look like an actual ramp.

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Sounds a little to close to ‘strep test.’ Especially in today’s times. Though IMO it’s debatable which is more fun lol.

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Depends on how many steps you complete as to whether it looks like a ramp.

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I agree that I’ve always them being called ramp tests. It’s just that with the blue bars it looks much more like steps

Never thought about this before, but you are completely right. It’s stepped not a ramp! :thinking:

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