Prior heavy exercise increases oxygen cost during moderate exercise without associated change in surface EMG

Joaquin Gonzales, Barry W. Scheuermann

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that prior heavy exercise results in a higher oxygen cost during a subsequent bout of moderate exercise due to changes in muscle activity. Eight male subjects (25+/-2 yr, +/-SE) performed moderate-moderate and moderate-heavy-moderate transitions in work rate (cycling intensity, moderate=90% LT, heavy=80% VO(2) peak). The second bout of moderate exercise was performed after 6 min (C) or 30s (D) of recovery. Pulmonary gas exchange was measured breath-by-breath and surface electromyography was obtained from the vastus lateralis and medialis muscles. Root mean square (RMS) and median power frequency (MDPF) were computed. Prior heavy exercise increased DeltaVO(2)/DeltaWR (C: +2.0+/-0.8 ml min(-1)W(-1), D: +3.4+/-0.8 ml min(-1)W(-1); P<0.05) and decreased exercise efficiency (C: -13.3+/-5.6%, D: -22.2 +/-4.9%; P<0.05) during the second bout of moderate exercise in the absence of changes in RMS. MDPF was slightly elevated ( approximately 2%) d
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-107
JournalJournal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
StatePublished - Oct 24 2006

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