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Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1999 Jul;80(2):159-61.

Determination of the velocity associated with the longest time to exhaustion at maximal oxygen uptake.

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Laboratoire d'Etudes de la Motricité Humaine, Faculté des Sciences du Sport et de l'Education Physique, Université Lille 2, Ronchin, France.


The so-called velocity associated with VO2max, defined as the minimal velocity which elicits VO2max in an incremental exercise protocol (v(VO2max)), is currently used for training to improve VO2max. However, it is well known that it is not the sole velocity which elicits VO2max and it is possible to achieve VO2max at velocities lower and higher than v(VO2max). The goal of this study was to determine the velocity which allows exercise to be maintained the longest time at v(VO2max). Using the relationship between time to exhaustion at VO2max in the all-out runs at 90%, 100%, 120% and 140% of v(VO2max) and distance run at VO2max, the velocity which elicits the longest time to exhaustion at VO2max (CV') was determined. For the six subjects tested (physical education students), this velocity was not significantly different from v(VO2max) (16.96+/-0.92 km x h(-1) vs 17.22+/-1.12 km x h(-1), P = 0.2 for CV' and v(VO2max), respectively) and these two velocities were correlated (r = 0.88, P = 0.05).

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