Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 362, Issue 3, pp 219–222

Oxygen uptake of rats at different work intensities

  • R. E. Shepherd
  • P. D. Gollnick

DOI: 10.1007/BF00581173

Cite this article as:
Shepherd, R.E. & Gollnick, P.D. Pflugers Arch. (1976) 362: 219. doi:10.1007/BF00581173


An adaptation of a standard activity wheel has been used to determine oxygen uptake of rats prior to and during exercise at 7 different speeds (16–67 m/min). Pre-exercise oxygen uptake was 2.42±0.10 (S.E.) ml (100 g×min)−1 Oxygen uptake increased linearly with work intensity (running speed). At 16 m/min oxygen uptake was 6.44±0.16 ml (100 g×min)−1 and it increased to a maximal value of 9.51±0.14 ml (100 g×min)−1 at a running speed of 53.6 m/min. Increasing running speed to 67 m/min did not produce any further increas in oxygen uptake. Some comparisons of exercise intensity between rats of various studies and rats and man can be made from these data.

Key words

Oxygen uptakeWork intensityAerobic power of rats

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© Springer-Verlag 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Shepherd
    • 1
  • P. D. Gollnick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Education for MenWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA