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Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2020


Anaerobic capacity is defined as the maximal amount of energy used during high intensity exercise by means of anaerobic energy systems. For decades, the primary way to test anaerobic capacity is the Wingate Anaerobic Power Test (WAT), however, it is not sports-specific to a majority of athletes. Limited studies have utilized a treadmill as a valid and reliable means of conducting an anaerobic capacity test. Fewer studies have investigated protocols possible to conduct in commercial or public gyms. The purpose of this study is to develop a modified anaerobic treadmill test based on a calculation of total work in collegiate and recreational athletes. Healthy male (n = 12) and female (n = 12) subjects will randomly complete four trials of anaerobic capacity and power tests. One trial will include a 30 second WAT at a resistance of 8.5% (male) or 7.5% (female) of their total bodyweight. Participants will also complete three Anaerobic Speed Test (AST) treadmill protocols (male protocol; female protocol); the Cunningham and Faulkner AST (20%, 8 mph; 20%, 7 mph), Murao modified AST (15% grade, 9.1 mph; 15%, 7.9 mph)) and a new proposed mAST (20% grade, 10.6mph; 15%, 9.1 mph)). Subjects peak, relative, and average power will be measured in the WAT, and time to fatigue, total work, heart rate, and cadence will be measured and compared to each AST protocol as well as the WAT values.

Keywords: anaerobic, capacity, test, modified, speed, work, treadmill