BACKGROUND: The velocity associated with maximum aerobic power (nu<(V)over dot>O-2max) is an important physiological parameter, which is utilized to determine relative workloads on the field. The testing modality adopted to evaluate it, though, may cause differences in nu<(V)over dot>O-2max assessment and, in turn, in training intensity. The aim of the study was to compare two different testing modalities (continuous incremental ramp and discontinuous square wave (SW) protocols) for nu<(V)over dot>O-2max assessment on the treadmill.METHODS: Seventeen physically active participants performed three maximum incremental tests on a treadmill: two continuous ramp protocols, with different ramp slopes (R1, 1 km/h every minute; and R2, 1 km/h every 2 minutes), and one discontinuous SW protocol, in random order, for maximum oxygen uptake (<(V)over dot>O-2max) and nu<(V)over dot>O-2max determination. Cardiorespiratory and metabolic parameters were collected breath-by-breath at rest and during exercise.RESULTS: nu<(V)over dot>O-2max was significantly higher in R1 and R2 compared to SW (20.7 +/- 0.5, 18.6 +/- 0.4, 16.8 +/- 0.6 km/h for R1, R2, and SW, respectively; P<0.001). No significant differences were found among protocols for <(V)over dot>O-2max (56.7 +/- 1.1, 57.0 +/- 1.2, and 56.6 +/- 1.2 mL/min/kg for SW, R1, R2, respectively) as well as for expiratory ventilation, carbon dioxide production, blood lactate concentration, and heart rate.CONCLUSIONS: In spite of similar <(V)over dot>O-2max values, nu<(V)over dot>O-2max was higher during continuous incremental ramp tests compared to SW possibly due to the longer time for cardiorespiratory and metabolic adjustments, suggesting different aerobic and anaerobic metabolism involvement. The differences among protocols should be considered when nu<(V)over dot>O-2max is used for training purposes.

Comparison between continuous and discontinuous incremental treadmill test to assess velocity at <(V)over dot>O-2max

Venturelli, M;
2017-01-01

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The velocity associated with maximum aerobic power (nu<(V)over dot>O-2max) is an important physiological parameter, which is utilized to determine relative workloads on the field. The testing modality adopted to evaluate it, though, may cause differences in nu<(V)over dot>O-2max assessment and, in turn, in training intensity. The aim of the study was to compare two different testing modalities (continuous incremental ramp and discontinuous square wave (SW) protocols) for nu<(V)over dot>O-2max assessment on the treadmill.METHODS: Seventeen physically active participants performed three maximum incremental tests on a treadmill: two continuous ramp protocols, with different ramp slopes (R1, 1 km/h every minute; and R2, 1 km/h every 2 minutes), and one discontinuous SW protocol, in random order, for maximum oxygen uptake (<(V)over dot>O-2max) and nu<(V)over dot>O-2max determination. Cardiorespiratory and metabolic parameters were collected breath-by-breath at rest and during exercise.RESULTS: nu<(V)over dot>O-2max was significantly higher in R1 and R2 compared to SW (20.7 +/- 0.5, 18.6 +/- 0.4, 16.8 +/- 0.6 km/h for R1, R2, and SW, respectively; P<0.001). No significant differences were found among protocols for <(V)over dot>O-2max (56.7 +/- 1.1, 57.0 +/- 1.2, and 56.6 +/- 1.2 mL/min/kg for SW, R1, R2, respectively) as well as for expiratory ventilation, carbon dioxide production, blood lactate concentration, and heart rate.CONCLUSIONS: In spite of similar <(V)over dot>O-2max values, nu<(V)over dot>O-2max was higher during continuous incremental ramp tests compared to SW possibly due to the longer time for cardiorespiratory and metabolic adjustments, suggesting different aerobic and anaerobic metabolism involvement. The differences among protocols should be considered when nu<(V)over dot>O-2max is used for training purposes.
Anaerobic threshold; Oxygen consumption; Exercise test; Running
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