The relationship between oxygen uptake reserve and heart rate reserve is affected by intensity and duration during aerobic exercise at constant work rate

Felipe A Cunha, A.W. Midgley, W.D. Monteiro, F.K. Campos, P.T.V. Farinatti

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Abstract

The relationship between the percentage of heart rate reserve (%HRR) and percentage of oxygen uptake reserve (%VO₂R) has been recommended for prescribing aerobic exercise intensity. However, this relationship was derived from progressive maximal exercise testing data, and the stability of the relationship during prolonged exercise at a constant work rate has not been established. The main aim of this study was to investigate the stability of the %VO₂R-%HRR relationship during prolonged treadmill exercise bouts performed at 3 different constant work rates. Twenty-eight men performed 4 exercise tests: (i) a ramp-incremental maximal exercise test to determine maximal heart rate (HR(max)) and maximal oxygen uptake (VO₂(max)) and (ii) three 40-min exercise bouts at 60%, 70%, and 80% VO₂R. HR and VO₂ significantly increased over time and were influenced by exercise intensity (p < 0.001 and p = 0.004, respectively). A 1:1 relationship between %HRR and %VO₂R, and between %HRR and %VO₂(max), was not observed, with mean differences of 8% (t = 5.2, p < 0.001) and 6% (t = 4.8, p < 0.001), respectively. The VO₂ values predicted from the ACSM running equation were all significantly higher than the observed VO₂ values (p < 0.001 for all comparisons), whereas a difference for HR was observed only for the tenth min of exercise at 80% VO₂R (p = 0.041). In conclusion, the main finding of this study was that the %HRR-%VO₂R relationship determined by linear regression, obtained from progressive maximal exercise testing, did not apply to prolonged treadmill running performed at 3 work rates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-47
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2011

Keywords

  • exercise

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