Simplified method and program for incremental exercise protocol development

Robert Robergs

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Abstract

Robergs RA. Simplified method and program for incremental exercise protocol development. JEPonline 2007;10(2):1-23. There is currently no simplified method to assist exercise physiologists in developing incremental protocols tailored to each individual. The purpose of this project was to develop a computer program to automatically and rapidly compute needed features of an incremental exercise protocol, such as the initial (stage 1) intensity, stage duration and intensity increments in order to attain VO<sub>2</sub>max within a pre-determined and entered total protocol duration. Such a program was developed using LabVIEW (National Instruments, Austin TX), and based on data generated from the program, charts were developed to assist exercise physiologists in developing protocols with manual computation. The additional findings from the project were that treadmills need %grade increments as low as 0.1 % to support protocol development across a range of VO<sub>2</sub>max values, linear VO<sub>2</sub> increment/stage rates, and short stage durations. In addition, to keep protocol durations between 8 and 12 min, endurance trained subjects should start a protocol at a moderate intensity, thereby allowing for VO<sub>2</sub> increments that remain below 5 mL/kg/min/min.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Exercise Physiology Online
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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