Cycle Ergometer Metabolic Calculator




Body Weight



VO2 (ml/kg/min)



Enter information in left and middle columns (first 2 sections); select appropriate menus. Click "Calculate".

This calculator can be used with electronically controlled ergometers that delivers a specific work rate somewhat independent of pedal rate. On these ergometers, for example, the load on the wheel increases if the pedal rate decreases maintaining a specific work rate. This calculator can also be used with mechanical ergometers with known resistances at particular revolutions per minute. Also see Mechanical Cycle Ergometer Calculator.

Accurate requirements:

  • steady state submaximal aerobic exercise
  • leg cycling between 50 and 200 watts (300 and 1200 kgm/min)
  • arm cycling between 25 and 125 watts (150 to 750 kgm/min)

Please note the output of this calculator may be slightly different than the examples in textbooks since this calculator does not round digits until the final values are computed.

American College of Sports Medicine, (2000) ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 6.

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