Standards and predicted values of anaerobic threshold

  • M. J. Pałka
  • A. Rogoziński


Mean values for body size, body composition and endurance indices have been obtained from a homogeneous group of 125 physically active men to find predicted values of AT (age 23.4±4.3 years; height 175.9±6.5 cm; weight 72.2±8.9 kg; body fat 17.9±4.7% body weight, muscularity index 19.0±1.5 kg fat-free mass/cm2 · 10−4 height; forced vital lung capacity 5667±815 cm3;\(\dot V_{O_{2_{\max } } } \) 48.5±6.0 cm3 · kg−1 · min−1; anaerobic threshold 61.0±7.8%\(\dot V_{O_{2_{\max } } } \)). Endurance performance and fitness indices were a little higher than average, but about 10% lower than in endurance-trained athletes. The authors suggest that standards of anaerobic threshold (AT) for ergonomics and endurance training should be about 55–65%\(\dot V_{O_{2_{\max } } } \), but not lower than 1800 cm3 O2 · min−1. The coefficients of correlation of AT relating to\(\dot V_{O_{2_{\max } } } \),\(PF_{O_2 } \) and submaximal load were significant at the 0.01 level. Using regression analysis, predicted values of AT were developed. A predicted value of AT can be obtained from the regression line of AT on Lsubmax used as a nomogram, during a simple PWC170 exercise test without blood or gas analysis.

Key words

Anaerobic threshold Endurance performance Ergonomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Pałka
    • 1
  • A. Rogoziński
    • 1
  1. 1.Military Institute of Hygiene and EpidemiologyWarsawPoland

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