A simple method for the assessment of general fitness: The Tri-level Profile

R. D. Telford, B. R. Minikin, A. G. Hahn, L. A. Hooper

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The EX-10 (Repco) cycle ergometer and work monitor unit have been utilised to develop a battery of three tests to measure a general fitness profile called the Tri-level Profile. In this article there is a description of the tests which indicate 10-second 'Alastic' work capacity and power, 30-second 'Anaerobic' work capacity, and Aerobic power. Analysis of test-retest data indicated that each component of the profile was of good reliability. Also presented are the mean values of profiles of males and females from eight national and state sporting squads. Whilst there are some obvious inter-sport differences, direct comparisons of general fitness were difficult due to variations in the depth of talent in each of the squads. However, the Tri-level Profile clearly identified varying fitness requirements of the sports. Its ease of administration, together with the assessment of anaerobic as well as aerobic fitness makes the Tri-level Profile a versatile and useful test battery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes


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