Power Output in Trained Male and Female Cyclists during the Wingate Test with Increasing Flywheel Resistance


The purpose of this investigation was to determine potential gender differences in power output at greater flywheel resistances during the Wingate anaerobic cycle test. Twenty-nine competitive cyclists (13 females, 16 males) who met the inclusionary criteria of a VO2 max of at least 3.0 L•min ), performed on four separate occasions the Wingate test on an electronically braked cycle ergometer. Two trials were performed at each of the randomized flywheel resistances of 0.080 kg/kgbw or 0.095 kg/kgbw, with a minimum of 48 hrs rest between trials. There were no differences in power output between trials at the same resistance, indicating very good test repeatability. Regardless of gender, all power output results were significantly greater with the 0.095 kg/kg resistance than the 0.080 kg/kg resistance. While the females were able to produce a greater increase in peak power with the heavier resistance (0.095 kg/kg ), there was also an increased rate of fatigue that indicated the female cyclists were unable to maintain the same intensity as the male cyclists. Finally, power production values from the Wingate anaerobic cycle test are dependent upon the resistance used during the test; the greater the resistance, the greater the power produced. -1 bw bw bw



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Anaerobic, Gender differences

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Journal of Exercise Physiology Online