This downloadable product will make testing, prescribing and individualising your conditioning programmes as simple and easy as ever.


The Athlete Development Project presents our new Maximum Aerobic Speed (MAS) spreadsheet. This great resource will aid in developing the physical development of the athletes or team of athletes you coach and is as simple as can be. You will receive a step by step guide on how to test the MAS of your athletes, compare them against each other and the research and most importantly it will enable you to prescribe the right conditioning for each individual. This resource is a key programming tool that will make session planning simple and hassle free. Read on for more details and a brief rationale for the use of MAS.

What is MAS?

Developing aerobic capacity is an important aspect of many sports and has been identified as an influential factor in team sport performance, especially in parameters such as distance covered, sprints efforts and ball touches during Soccer match play (Helgerud et al. 2001). An increase in aerobic fitness has been shown to improve recovery time between the high intensity bursts within a Soccer match play, having a positive effect on players’ repeated sprint ability (Da Silva et al. 2010).

Maximum Aerobic Speed (MAS) can be simply defined as the lowest running velocity at which maximal oxygen uptake occurs (vVO2Max) and was developed to assess the aerobic capacities and requirements of running performance (Bellenger et al. 2015). This method of testing allows practitioners to assess each athlete individually and prescribe the right conditioning stimulus. Generic non-individualised training of athletes with different aerobic capacities can lead to athletes not reaching adequate overload to adapt to the specific training stimulus. Similarly, some athletes could be training at a higher intensity than the required intensity of the stimulus leading to overtraining (Clarke et al. 2016).

A study by Swaby et al. (2016) identified a strong relationship between MAS and distance covered during Rugby Union matches, in line with the findings, reported in elite level Soccer players. The figure above shows the relationship between total distance covered and MAS (Swaby et al. 2016). Therefore, improving MAS through appropriate conditioning may increase the total distance covered by team sport players during competitive match play, thereby increasing work rates in the athletes.

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This downloadable product is an macro-enabled excel workbook designed in Microsoft Office 365. Therefore, please ensure you have the compatible software to the run the product on before purchasing, otherwise it may not work to it’s full capacity.


Bellenger, C. R., Fuller, J. T., Nelson, M. J., Hartland, M., Buckley, J. D., & Debenedictis, T. A. (2015). Predicting maximal aerobic speed through set distance time-trials. European journal of applied physiology, 115(12), 2593 – 2598.

Clarke, R., Dobson, A., & Hughes, J. (2016). Metabolic Conditioning: Field Tests to Determine a Training Velocity. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 38(1), 38 – 47

Da Silva, J. F., Guglielmo, L. G., & Bishop, D. (2010). Relationship between different measures of aerobic fitness and repeated-sprint ability in elite soccer players. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 24(8), 2115 – 2121.

Helgerud, J., Engen, L. C., Wisløff, U., & Hoff, J. (2001). Aerobic endurance training improves soccer performance. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 33(11), 1925 – 1931.

Swaby, R., Jones, P. A., Comfort, P. (2016). Relationship between maximum aerobic speed performance and distance covered in Rugby Union games. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 30(10), 2788 – 2793.

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