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Individual versus Standardized Running Protocols in the Determination of VO2max
German Sport Univ Cologne, Inst Training Sci & Sport Informat, Cologne, Germany.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. (NVC)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3814-6246
Univ Ottawa, Inst Heart, Minto Prevent & Rehabil Ctr, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada.
Univ Wurzburg, Dept Sport Sci, Wurzburg, Germany.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (JSSM), ISSN 1303-2968, Vol. 14, no 2, 386-393 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to determine whether an individually designed incremental exercise protocol results in greater rates of oxygen uptake (VO2max) than standardized testing. Fourteen well-trained, male runners performed five incremental protocols in randomized order to measure their VO2max: i) an incremental test (INCS+I) with pre-defined increases in speed (2 min at 8.64 km.h(-1), then a rise of 1.44 km.h(-1) every 30 s up to 14.4 km.h(-1)) and thereafter inclination (0.5.every 30 s); ii) an incremental test (INCI) at constant speed (14.4 km.h(-1)) and increasing inclination (2 degrees every 2 min from the initial 0 degrees); iii) an incremental test (INCS) at constant inclination (0 degrees) and increasing speed (0.5 km.h(-1) every 30 s from the initial 12.0 km.h(-1)); iv) a graded exercise protocol (GXP) at a 1 degrees incline with increasing speed (initially 8.64 km.h(-1) + 1.44 km.h(-1) every 5 min); v) an individual exercise protocol (INDXP) in which the runner chose the inclination and speed. VO2max was lowest (-4.2%) during the GXP (p = 0.01; d = 0.06 - 0.61) compared to all other tests. The highest rating of perceived exertion, heart rate, ventilation and end-exercise blood lactate concentration were similar between the different protocols (p < 0.05). The time to exhaustion ranged from 7 min 18 sec (INCS) to 25 min 30 sec (GXP) (p = 0.01). The VO2max attained by employing an individual treadmill protocol does not differ from the values derived from various standardized incremental protocols.

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2015. Vol. 14, no 2, 386-393 p.
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Maximum oxygen uptake, aerobic power, treadmill running, ramp test, treadmill protocol
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25682ISI: 000355271300020PubMedID: 25983589ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84928991801OAI: diva2:849144
Available from: 2015-08-27 Created: 2015-08-18 Last updated: 2016-10-31Bibliographically approved

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