Margaria staircase test

Margaria staircase test

a test of short-term ('burst') anaerobic power in which, after a short run-in, the subject runs as fast as possible up a short flight of stairs of specific dimensions. In each of several versions of the test, the length of run-in, rise of each stair and the steps between which speed is measured (e.g. 8th and 12th) are all specified. Timing is by switchmats on the specified steps. Also known as Margaria-Kalamen test.