VO2max

VO2 of Roman Legionnaires

VO2 of Roman Legionnaires

Whipp, Ward and Hassall 1998 wrote an interesting piece on the average Roman legionnaire. Keep in mind that most of our ancestors lived much more physical lives than we do now, estimating their work capacities becomes very interesting and can demonstrate how far we can go. After some brief translation from Roman Imperial units into(…)

Fitness, body anthropometry and athletic performance

Fitness, body anthropometry and athletic performance

Bigger, faster, stronger: a profile of the modern professional athlete. One strength and conditioning component that’s been put on the back burner these past few years is maximum aerobic power.  Recently, the publication of the Brazilian male judo national team anthropokinetic data demonstrated the importance of maximum aerobic power on judo-specific performance. Seven different weight-classes of athletes(…)

The metabolic cost of skipping

The metabolic cost of skipping

Skipping has made a huge comeback as a mode of physical activity in recent years. While there is not much data highlighting the benefits of skipping, some early studies from the 80’s are insightful as to the effect of skipping on whole-body metabolism. Town et al. (1980) demonstrated the effect of different skipping rates in(…)

Cardio-respiratory training: LSD v interval training

Cardio-respiratory training: LSD v interval training

Methods of cardio-respiratory training is a controversial subject at the best of times. In recent years, long steady distance training has received much criticism in favour of a more popular method of interval training. BOTH methods of training have valuable aspects and the exclusion of one for the other will surely limit the athletic potential(…)

Cardio-respiratory training: sub-maximal aerobic training and VO2max

Cardio-respiratory training: sub-maximal aerobic training and VO2max

What is the appropriate training intensity required to exercise at maximal aerobic power? Certainly not maximum exercise capacity. Classic experiments in exercise physiology show that work periods of 3-5min with short rest periods 1min provide the optimal stimulus for training maximum aerobic power. When subjects exercised for repeated bouts at 250 Watts for up to(…)