Differences among estimates of critical power and anaerobic work capacity derived from five mathematical models and the three-minute all-out test

Haley C. Bergstrom, Terry J. Housh, Jorge M. Zuniga, Daniel A. Traylor, Robert W. Lewis, Clayton L. Camic, Richard J. Schmidt, Glen O. Johnson

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Bergstrom, HC, Housh, TJ, Zuniga, JM, Traylor, DA, Lewis, RW Jr, Camic, CL, Schmidt, RJ, and Johnson, GO. Differences among estimates of critical power and anaerobic work capacity derived from five mathematical models and the three-minute all-out test. J Strength Cond Res 28(3): 592-600, 2014- Estimates of critical power (CP) and anaerobic work capacity (AWC) from the power output vs. time relationship have been derived from various mathematical models. The purpose of this study was to examine estimates of CP and AWC from the multiple work bout, 2- and 3-parameter models, and those from the 3-minute all-out CP (CP3min) test. Nine college-aged subjects performed a maximal incremental test to determine the peak oxygen consumption rate and the gas exchange threshold. On separate days, each subject completed 4 randomly ordered constant power output rides to exhaustion to estimate CP and AWC from 5 regression models (2 linear, 2 nonlinear, and 1 exponential). During the final visit, CP and AWC were estimated from the CP3min test. The nonlinear 3-parameter (Nonlinear-3) model produced the lowest estimate of CP. The exponential (EXP) model and the CP3min test were not statistically different and produced the highest estimates of CP. Critical power estimated from the Nonlinear-3 model was 14% less than those from the EXP model and the CP3min test and 4-6% less than those from the linear models. Furthermore, the Nonlinear-3 and nonlinear 2-parameter (Nonlinear-2) models produced significantly greater estimates of AWC than did the linear models and CP3min. The current findings suggested that the Nonlinear-3 model may provide estimates of CP and AWC that more accurately reflect the asymptote of the power output vs. time relationship, the demarcation of the heavy and severe exercise intensity domains, and anaerobic capabilities than will the linear models and CP3min test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-600
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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Keywords

  • Aerobic exercise
  • Anaerobic exercise
  • Exercise testing
  • Fatigue thresholds
  • Theoretical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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