Balke Treadmill Test Definition
To conduct this test, have the athlete do the following:
1. Warm up for 10 minutes
2. Begin walking on the treadmill with a 0% grade at 3.3 MPH (men) or 3.0 MPH (women).
3. For men, increase the grade to 2% after the first minute and add 1% every minute thereafter. For women, simply increase the grade 2.5% every three minutes.
4. When the athlete can no longer continue, stop the test and enter the number of minutes he/she was able to walk.