Endurance training reduces end-exercise VO2 and muscle use during submaximal cycling

Michael J. Saunders, Ellen M. Evans, Sigurbjorn A. Arngrimsson, Jerry David Allison, Kirk J. Cureton

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Introduction: End-exercise VO2 during heavy, constant-load exercise is reduced after endurance training, due to an attenuated VO2 slow component. Purpose/Methods: To determine whether the training-induced reduction in end-exercise VO1 was associated with reduced muscle use, we measured VO2 and T2 changes in magnetic resonance images in the final minute of two 15-min constant-load cycle rides, one above lactate threshold and the other below lactate threshold. These measures were repeated after a 4-wk period in eight subjects who trained on a cycle ergometer and seven controls. Results: There were no changes in end-exercise VO2 or active muscle after training in either group during low-intensity cycling, in which no VO2 slow component was present. During high-intensity cycling, in which there was a slow component before training, the training group experienced a significant reduction (P < 0.05) in end-exercise VO2 (2625 ± 673; 2567 ± 605 mL·min-1) and the T2 of the vastus lateralis (35.6 ± 1.4; 34.5 ± 0.9 ms). Conclusion: These results support the hypothesis that reduction in end-exercise VO2 (and the VO2 slow component) after training is due to reduced muscle use during heavy, constant load cycling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Metabolism
  • Oxygen consumption
  • Oxygenuptake kinetics
  • VO slow component

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Endurance training reduces end-exercise VO2 and muscle use during submaximal cycling. / Saunders, Michael J.; Evans, Ellen M.; Arngrimsson, Sigurbjorn A.; Allison, Jerry David; Cureton, Kirk J.

In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.02.2003, p. 257-262.

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Saunders, Michael J. ; Evans, Ellen M. ; Arngrimsson, Sigurbjorn A. ; Allison, Jerry David ; Cureton, Kirk J. / Endurance training reduces end-exercise VO2 and muscle use during submaximal cycling. In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2003 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 257-262.
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