Effect of prior warm-up duration on the determination of the time limit at the peak speed in untrained men.

Research paper by Victor H VH DA Cruz, Cecília S CS Peserico, Fabiana A FA Machado

Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness


The peak speed (Vpeak) and its time limit (tlim) are variables used to prescribe training loads and the intervals durations during interval training, respectively. The aim of this study was to test different warm-up durations (5, 10 and 15 min), adapted from the protocol proposed by Billat et al.1, to determine the tlim in untrained men.Fifteen untrained men were submitted to the following laboratory evaluations: A) an incremental running exercise test on a treadmill running starting with a speed of 8 km·h-1, after a warm-up of walking at 6 km·h-1 for three minutes, and increased by 1 km·h-1 between each successive 3-minute stage until volitional exhaustion to determine Vpeak; B) three rectangular tests, performed in randomized order, with warm-up durations of 5, 10, and 15 minutes at 60% of Vpeak to determine the tlim5, tlim10 e and tlim15; after the warm-up the tests were performed at the speed of the individual Vpeak until volitional exhaustion.It was demonstrated that the duration of the warm-up affected the test duration (tlim). Significant differences were observed between tlim5 and tlim15 and between tlim10 and tlim15; however, the tlim15 and tlim10 did not differ. Additionally, duration of the warm-up did not influence other variables (HRmax, RPEmax and post lactate concentrations).Therefore, it was concluded that the duration of the warm-up in tlim tests modifies the test duration in untrained men.