Navalta, J. W., & Hrncir, S. P. (2007). Core stabilization exercises enhance lactate clearance following high-intensity exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 21, 1305-1309.

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Dynamic activities such as running, cycling, and swimming have been shown to effectively reduce lactate in the post-exercise period. It is unknown whether core stabilization exercises performed following an intense bout would exhibit a similar effect. This study assessed the extent of the lactate response with core stabilization exercises following high-intensity anaerobic exercise. Ss (N = 12) reported twice for testing. On both occasions, baseline lactate was obtained after five minutes of seated rest. Ss then performed a 30-second Wingate anaerobic cycle test, immediately followed by a blood lactate sample. In the 5-minute post-exercise period, Ss either rested quietly or performed core stabilization exercises. A final blood lactate sample was obtained following the 5-minute intervention period.

Lactate values were similar at rest and immediately after exercise in both conditions. Core stabilization exercises performed during the 5-minute post-exercise period reduced lactate values when compared to rest.

Implication. Core stabilization exercises during a recovery period significantly reduce lactate values when compared to rest. This supports the hypothesis that non-specific activity is sufficient to accelerate lactate clearance after specific exercises.

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