The purpose of this study was to determine whether metabolic cost is similar in overweight and normoweight children when workload during exercise on a cycle-ergometer is adjusted relative to an objectively determined second ventilatory threshold (VT2) or the maximal workload (Pmax). The tests were conducted every 2 years: first at the age of 10 years and the third test at around the age of 14 years. The levels of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max), Pmax, and the VT2 were determined by means of graded tests on a cycle ergometer. The main test consisted of two 6-minute exercises of submaximal constant intensity (below and above VT2) performed on a cycle ergometer, with a 4-minute recovery between efforts. The workload during cycling was adjusted individually for each participant and adjusted to the values determined in the graded test: workload at VT2 and Pmax. Physiological response (absolute and relative to free-fat mass oxygen uptake, heart rate, pulmonary ventilation, tidal volume, and breathing frequency) is similar in overweight and normoweight boys when workload on a cycle ergometer is adjusted to VT2. The only significant intergroup difference was seen in relative to body mass oxygen intake.
The aim of our study was to compare the indicators of starting speed, anaerobic endurance and power in women as well as men, and to investigate whether the values of these indicators differ in women during the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle. The studied group included 16 men and 16 women. The subjects performed the 20-second maximal cycling sprint test. The men performed the test twice at 14-day intervals. The women undertook the test 4 times: twice during the middle of follicular phase and twice in the middle of luteal phase in separate menstrual cycles. Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle do not influence anaerobic performance, starting speed or anaerobic endurance in women. Anaerobic performance in men is higher than in women with similar aerobic performance expressed as VO2max/LBM (lean body mass). A lower power decrease with time was noted for women than men, with a similar time of maintaining power in both groups. This is evidence of women’s better anaerobic endurance compared to men. At the same time, the men had significantly better starting speed rates than women.