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Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Kinesiology and Health Promotion

First Advisor

Dr. Haley Bergstrom


This study examined whether the critical power (CP) and anaerobic work capacity (AWC) estimates from the CP 3-min all-out (CP3min) test were affected by the percentage of body weight used to set the resistance on a Monark cycle ergometer. Twenty-one subjects (11 women and 10 men) were placed into one of three groups (n=7) based on activity level; recreationally trained (REC), aerobic and anaerobic sport (SPORT), and endurance trained (END). The CP3min test was conducted at 4.5% of body weight (CP4.5%) and at a resistance setting based on group activity level (CPACT; REC = 3%, SPORT = 4%, and END = 5% of body weight). There were no differences between the CP4.5% or CPACT estimates in any of the three training groups. The AWC3% estimates were significantly lower than the AWC4.5% for the REC group, but there were no differences in the AWC4.5% and AWCACT for the SPORT or END groups.The principal finding of this study was that a resistance of 4.5% of body weight for CP3-min test may be used to estimate CP and AWC, without regard to the training status of the subjects.

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