European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 105, Issue 6, pp 851–859 | Cite as

Pattern of deoxy[Hb + Mb] during ramp cycle exercise: influence of aerobic fitness status

  • Jan Boone
  • Katrien Koppo
  • Thomas J. Barstow
  • Jacques Bouckaert
Original Article


During ramp exercise the deoxy[Hb + Mb] pattern follows a sigmoid model [f(x) = f0 + A/(1 + exp−(−c + dx))], indicating a non-linear muscle blood flow \( (\dot{Q}{\text{m}})/{\text{oxygen}}\;{\text{uptake}}\;(\dot{V}{\text{O}}_{{2{\text{m}}}} ) \)-relationship. We hypothesised that in trained cyclists the sigmoid would display a rightward shift, due to an increased oxidative capacity and/or higher percentage of slow-twitch fibres. A total of 10 cyclists and 11 physically active students (PA students) performed a relative ramp exercise (±12 min) and a ramp25-exercise (25 W min−1). Deoxy[Hb + Mb] was measured at the M. Vastus Lateralis by NIRS, normalized to the total amplitude of the response and expressed as a function of absolute and relative (%peakP) work rate. The work rate corresponding to c/d (i.e.50% of the amplitude of the deoxy[Hb + Mb] response) was the only parameter of the sigmoid that differed significantly between cyclists (57.9 ± 4.4% and 60.1 ± 4.1%peakP in the relative and ramp25, respectively) and PAstudents (49.6 ± 4.2% and 48.2 ± 5.1%peakP, respectively), indicating a rightward shift of the sigmoid in the cyclists. These results suggest a change in the time course of C(av)O2 as a function of aerobic fitness status.


NIRS Deoxygenation Muscle blood flow Muscle oxygen uptake Sigmoid model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Boone
    • 1
    • 2
  • Katrien Koppo
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Barstow
    • 3
  • Jacques Bouckaert
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Movement and Sports SciencesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Center of Sports MedicineUniversity Hospital of GhentGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Department of KinesiologyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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