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Authors: T. Yano, R. Afroundeh, R. Yamanaka, T. Arimitsu, C.S. Lian, K. Shirakawa and T. Yunoki

The purpose of the present study was to examine 1) whether O2 uptake (V̇O2) oscillates during light exercise and 2) whether the oscillation is enhanced after impulse exercise. After resting for 1 min on a bicycle seat, subjects performed 5-min pre-exercise with 25 watts work load, 10-s impulse exercise with 200 watts work load and 15-min post exercise with 25 watts work load at 80 rpm. V̇O2 during pre-exercise significantly increased during impulse exercise and suddenly decreased and re-increased until 23 s after impulse exercise. In the cross correlation between heart rate (HR) and V̇O2 after impulse exercise, V̇O2 strongly correlated to HR with a time delay of −4 s. Peak of power spectral density (PSD) in HR appeared at 0.0039 Hz and peak of PSD in V̇O2 appeared at 0.019 Hz. The peak of the cross power spectrum between V̇O2 and HR appeared at 0.0078 Hz. The results suggested that there is an oscillation in O2 uptake during light exercise that is associated with the oscillation in O2 consumption in active muscle. The oscillation is enhanced not only by change in O2 consumption but also by O2 content transported from active muscle to the lungs.

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The purpose of the present study was to determine the effects of deception for exercise intensity on surface electromyogram (SEMG) activity and blood lactate concentration during intermittent cycling exercise (ICE) tests. Sixteen healthy male were randomly assigned to two groups who completed two ICE [three 4-min cycling at 80% peak power output (PPO) with 3-min passive recovery periods followed by exhaustive cycling] tests (ICE-1 and ICE-2). The experimental group (ICED) was deceived of the actual cycling intensity, while the control group (ICEC) was informed of the actual protocol in ICE-2. In ICE-1, both groups were informed of the actual protocol. In ICE-2, root mean square (RMS) calculated from SEMG during submaximal cycling was significantly higher in the ICEC than in the ICED and blood lactate concentration ([La]) was significantly higher in the ICEC than in the ICED. In particular, the difference in RMS between the groups was also observed during the first 4-min cycling, in which there was no difference in [La] between the groups. These results suggest that the CNS modulates skeletal muscle recruitment due to the prior deception for exercise intensity.

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Authors: T. Yano, C. Lian, T. Arimitsu, R. Yamanaka, R. Afroundeh, K. Shirakawa and T. Yunoki

The aim of the present study was to compare the frequency of oxygenation determined in the vastus lateralis by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in light exercise with that at rest. A subject rested in a recumbent position for 5 min and changed body position to a sitting position on a cycle ergometer for 9 min. Then exercise with low intensity (work rate of 60% of maximal oxygen uptake) was carried out for 30 min. Total hemoglobin and myoglobin (THb/Mb) suddenly decreased after the start of exercise and gradually increased for 6 min. Oxygenated hemoglobin and myoglobin (Hb/MbO2) suddenly decreased and returned to a steady-state after the start of exercise. The difference between Hb/MbO2 and THb/Mb showed a sudden decrease and then a steady-state. This difference was analyzed by fast Fourier transform. The peak frequencies of the power spectrum density (PSD) were 0.0169 ± 0.0076 Hz at rest and 0.0117 ± 0.0042 Hz in exercise. The peak frequency of PSD was significantly decreased in exercise. In exercise, the range of frequencies was expanded. It is concluded that there are oscillations at rest as well as in exercise and that the frequency of peak PSD becomes lower in exercise than at rest.

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Authors: R. Afroundeh, T. Arimitsu, R. Yamanaka, C. Lian, T. Yunoki and Tokuo Yano

To clarify the ventilatory kinetics during recovery after impulse-like exercise, subjects performed one impulse-like exercise test (one-impulse) and a five-times repeated impulse-like exercises test (five-impulse). Duration and intensity of the impulse-like exercise were 20 sec and 400 watts (80 rpm), respectively. Although blood pH during recovery (until 10 min) was significantly lower in the five-impulse test than in the one-impulse test, ventilation (.VE) in the two tests was similar except during the first 30 sec of recovery, in which it was higher in the five-impulse test. In one-impulse, blood CO2 pressure (PCO2) was significantly increased at 1 min during recovery and then returned to the pre-exercise level at 5 min during recovery. In the five-impulse test, PCO2 at 1 min during recovery was similar to the pre-exercise level, and then it decreased to a level lower than the pre-exercise level at 5 min during recovery. Accordingly, PCO2 during recovery (until 30 min) was significantly lower in the five-impulse than in one-impulse test..VE and pH during recovery showed a curvilinear relationship, and at the same pH, ventilation was higher in the one-impulse test. These results suggest that ventilatory kinetics during recovery after impulse-like exercise is attributed partly to pH, but the stimulatory effect of lower pH is diminished by the inhibitory effect of lower PCO2.

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To determine that whether arterial carbon dioxide (PaCO2) affects ventilation (\documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{upgreek} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} $\dot V$ \end{document}E) during recovery from impulse-like exercises of various intensities, subjects performed four impulse-like tests with different workloads. Each test consisted of a 20-sec impulse-like exercise at 80 rpm and 60-min recovery. Blood samples were collected at rest and during recovery to measure blood ions and gases. \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{upgreek} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} $\dot V$ \end{document}E was measured continuously during rest, exercise and recovery periods. A significant curvilinear relationship was observed between \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{upgreek} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} $\dot V$ \end{document}E and pH during recovery from the 300- and 400-watt tests in all subjects. \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{upgreek} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} $\dot V$ \end{document}E was elevated during recovery from the 100-watt test despite no change in any of the humoral factors. Arterialized carbon dioxide (PaCO2) kinetics showed fluctuation, being increased at 1 min and decreased at 5 min during recovery, and this fluctuation was more enhanced with increase in exercise intensity. There was a significant relationship between \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{upgreek} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} $\dot V$ \end{document}E and PaCO2 during recovery from the 300- and 400-watt tests in all subjects. The results of the present study demonstrate that pH and neural factors drive \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{upgreek} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} $\dot V$ \end{document}E during recovery from impulse-like exercise and that fluctuation in PaCO2 controls \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{upgreek} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} $\dot V$ \end{document}E as a feedback loop and this feedback function is more enhanced as the work intensity increases

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