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Relation Between Cycling Exercise Capacity, Fiber-Type Composition, and Lower Extremity Muscle Strength and Muscle Endurance

Segerström, Åsa B1; Holmbäck, Anna M1; Hansson, Ola2; Elgzyri, Targ2; Eriksson, Karl-Fredrik2; Ringsberg, Karin3; Groop, Leif2; Wollmer, Per4; Thorsson, Ola4

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: January 2011 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - pp 16-22
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31820238c5
Original Research

Segerström, ÅB, Holmbäck, AM, Hansson, O, Elgzyri, T, Eriksson, K-F, Ringsberg, K, Groop, L, Wollmer, P, and Thorsson, O. Relation between cycling exercise capacity, fiber-type composition, and lower extremity muscle strength and muscle endurance. J Strength Cond Res 25(1): 16-22, 2011-The aim of the study was to determine the relation between peak oxygen uptake (V̇o2peak), peak work rate (WRpeak), fiber-type composition, and lower extremity strength and endurance during a maximal incremental cycle test. Thirty-nine healthy sedentary men, aged 30-46, participated in the study. Subjects performed a maximal incremental cycle test and isokinetic knee extension (KE) and flexion (KF) strength and endurance tests at velocities of 60 and 180°·s−1. Muscle biopsies were taken from m. vastus lateralis and analyzed for fiber-type composition. A significant correlation existed between KE strength and V̇o2peak and WRpeak. Also, KF endurance correlated significantly to V̇o2peak and WRpeak. The KE endurance correlated significantly to WRpeak (rp = 0.32, p < 0.05) and almost significantly to V̇o2peak (rp = 0.28, p = 0.06). Stepwise multiple regression analyses showed that KE strength, KF endurance, and the percentage of type I fibers could explain up to 40% of the variation in V̇o2peak and WRpeak. The performance of sedentary subjects in a maximal incremental cycle test is highly affected by knee muscle strength and endurance. Fiber-type composition also contributes but to a smaller extent.

1Department of Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; 2Department of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Lund University, University Hospital Malmö, Malmö, Sweden; 3Department of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Orthopaedic, Lund University, University Hospital Malmö, Malmö, Sweden; and 4Department of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine Unit, University Hospital Malmö, Malmö, Sweden

Address correspondence to Åsa B Segerström, asa.segerstrom@med.lu.se.

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