Oxygen consumption following exercise of moderate intensity and duration

Carl M. Maresh, Avron Abraham, Mary Jane De Souza, Michael R. Deschenes, William J. Kraemer, Lawrence E. Armstrong, Molly S. Maguire, Catherine L. Gabaree, Jay R. Hoffman

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To study the effects of exercise intensity and duration on excess postexercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), 8 men [age= 27.6 (SD 3.8) years, VO2max = 46.1 (SD 8.5) ml min-1 kg-1] performed four randomly assigned cycle-ergometer tests (20 min at 60% VO2max, 40 min at 60% VO2max, 20 min at 70% VO2max, and 40 min at 70% VO2max). O2 uptake, heart rate and rectal temperature were measured before, during, and for 1 h following the exercise tests. Blood for plasma lactate measurements was obtained via cannulae before, and at selected times, during and following exercise. VO2 rapidly declined to preexercise levels following each of the four testing sessions, and there were no differences in EPOC between the sessions. Blood lactate and rectal temperature increased (P<0.05) with exercise, but had returned to preexercise levels by 40 min of recovery. The results indicate that VO2 returned to resting levels within 40 min after the end of exercise, regardless of the intensity (60% and 70% VO2max or duration (20 min and 40 min) of the exercise, in men with a moderate aerobic fitness level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-426
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physiology


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