STRENGTH CYCLE TRAINING IS INEFFECTIVE FOR AEROBIC ADAPTATION
Bouillon, L. E., & Van Zant, R. S. (2002). Aerobic response to strength cycle ergometer training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 34(5), Supplement abstract 1128.
Aerobic responses to strength cycle training were compared to standard Monarch cycle training in recreationally active adults (M = 9; F = 19). Ss were matched into groups and trained three times per week for nine weeks. A training session lasted from 25 to 45 minutes. Continuous 5-min intervals were pedaled at intensities of 65-85% HRmax. The strength group pedaled for two minutes in strength mode at goal intensity and three minutes in disengaged mode at goal intensity. The Monarch group's intervals consisted of three minutes at goal intensity and two minutes at goal intensity plus 30W.
There were no between group differences for VO2peak, submax VO2, or RPE.
Implication. Nine weeks of strength cycle training is no more effective than standard cycling.
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