Anaerobic capacity: a maximal anaerobic running test versus the maximal accumulated oxygen deficit

N S Maxwell, M A Nimmo

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The present investigation evaluates a maximal anaerobic running test (MART) against the maximal accumulated oxygen deficit (MAOD) for the determination of anaerobic capacity. Essentially, this involved comparing 18 male students performing two randomly assigned supramaximal runs to exhaustion on separate days. Post warm-up and 1, 3, and 6 min postexercise capillary blood samples were taken during both tests for plasma blood lactate (BLa) determination. In the MART only, blood ammonia (BNH3) concentration was measured, while capillary blood samples were additionally taken after every second sprint for BLa determination. Anaerobic capacity, measured as oxygen equivalents in the MART protocol, averaged 112.2 +/- 5.2 Oxygen deficit, representing the anaerobic capacity in the MAOD test, was an average of 74.6 +/- 7.3 There was a significant correlation between the MART and MAOD (r = .83, p < .001). BLa values obtained over time in the two tests showed no significant difference, nor was there any difference in the peak BLa recorded. Peak BNH3 concentration recorded was significantly increased from resting levels at exhaustion during the MART.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal of Applied Physiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996


  • Adult
  • Ammonia
  • Anaerobic Threshold
  • Capillaries
  • Humans
  • Lactates
  • Male
  • Oxygen
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Endurance
  • Running


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