Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

ISSN: 2300-9705     eISSN: 2353-2807    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/cej.2017.1-01
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The Effects of Warm-up Duration on Cycling Time Trial Performance in Trained Cyclists

Authors: Jennifer A. Bunn
Department of Physical Therapy, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, USA

L. Chris Eschbach
Valencell Inc. Raleigh, NC, USA

Meir Magal
Mathematics and Sciences Division, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, USA

Elizabeth K. Wells
Department of Physical Therapy, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, USA
Keywords: Maximal oxygen consumption aerobic endurance training lactate oxygen kinetics
Year of publication:2017
Page range:9 (5-13)
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. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of three different warm-up condi-tions on a 5K cycling time trial (TT). Sixteen trained cyclists completed the study. At the first testing session, participants completed a maximal graded exercise test to assess maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and a familiarization of the TT. At three subse-quent visits, the participants completed the TT after no warm up, short warm-up of three minutes at 60% VO2max, or long warm-up of ten minutes at 60% VO2max. The warm-up was assigned in randomized order. VO2, heart rate (HR), lactate, power, and speed were assessed after the warm-up, 1K, and completion of the 5K TT. There was no dif-ference between type of warm-up for time, power, cadence, speed, VO2, HR, or lactate levels at the end of the TT. There was no significant difference between type of warm-up for time, VO2 or HR at the end of the 1K split. Warm-up length was not impactful on 5K TT performance or during the first km of the TT in trained cyclists. These results con-flict with previous evidence indicating that a warm-up in endurance events primarily improved VO2 kinetics at the onset of the exercise.
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