Oxygen uptake during upper body and lower body wingate anaerobic tests

Mike Price, C. Beckford, A. Dorricott, Cameron Hill, M. Kershaw, M. Singh, I. Thornton

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    The aim of this study was to determine the aerobic contribution to upper body and lower body Wingate Anaerobic tests (WAnT). Eight nonspecifically trained males volunteered to take part in this study. Participants undertook incremental exercise tests for peak oxygen uptake and two 30-s WAnT (habituation and experimental) for both the upper and lower body. The resistive loadings used were 0.040 and 0.075 kg·kg body mass-1, respectively. Peak power output (PPO) and mean power output (MPO) were calculated for each WAnT. The aerobic contribution of each WAnT was assessed using breath by breath expired gas analysis. Peak oxygen uptake was lower for the upper body when compared with the lower body (P = 0.001). Similarly, PPO and MPO were greater for the lower body (both P < 0.001). Absolute oxygen uptake during the upper body WAnT was lower than for the lower body (P = 0.013), whereas relative oxygen uptake (% peak oxygen uptake) was similar (P = 0.997). The mean aerobic contribution for the upper body WAnT (43.5% ± 29.3%) was greater than for the lower body (29.4% ± 15.8%; P < 0.001). The greater aerobic contribution to the WAnT observed for the upper body in comparison with the lower body is likely due to methodological differencesinupper and lower body WAnT protocols and potentially differencesinanaerobic power production and exercise efficiency. The results of this study suggest that differences may exist for the aerobic contribution of upper and lower body Wingate anaerobic tests.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1345-1351
    JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    • aerobic contribution
    • energy systems
    • lactate
    • peak power output
    • performance
    • PH


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