The effect of different exercise protocols and regression-based algorithms on the assessment of the anaerobic threshold

Jorge M. Zuniga, Terry J. Housh, Clayton L. Camic, Haley C. Bergstrom, Richard J. Schmidt, Glen O. Johnson

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of ramp and step incremental cycle ergometer tests on the assessment of the anaerobic threshold (AT) using 3 different computerized regression-based algorithms. Thirteen healthy adults (mean age and body mass [SD] = 23.4 [3.3] years and body mass = 71.7 [11.1] kg) visited the laboratory on separate occasions. Two-way repeated measures analyses of variance with appropriate follow-up procedures were used to analyze the data. The step protocol resulted in greater mean values across algorithms than the ramp protocol for the VO2 (step = 1.7 [0.6] L·min-1 and ramp = 1.5 [0.4] L·min-1) and heart rate (HR) (step = 133 [21] b·min-1 and ramp = 124 [15] b·min-1) at the AT. There were no significant mean differences, however, in power outputs at the AT between the step (115.2 [44.3] W) and the ramp (112.2 [31.2] W) protocols. Furthermore, there were no significant mean differences for VO2, HR, or power output across protocols among the 3 computerized regression-based algorithms used to estimate the AT. The current findings suggested that the protocol selection, but not the regression-based algorithms can affect the assessment of the VO2 and HR at the AT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2507-2512
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014



  • Aerobicanaerobic transition
  • Cycling
  • Graded exercise testing
  • Protocol selection
  • Ramp
  • Step

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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