A Comparison of the YMCA and ACSM Submaximal Cycle Ergometer Testing Protocols Within a Young Adult Population

Location

Hopwood Auditorium

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Campus Access Only

Start Date

4-17-2024 2:15 PM

End Date

4-17-2024 2:30 PM

College

College of Health Sciences

Department

Exercise Physiology

Keywords

aerobic fitness, bike, estimated VO2max, heart rate

Abstract

The ACSM and YMCA tests are two similar and common protocols for VO2max estimation that require submaximal effort. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in VO2max between the ACSM and YMCA cycle ergometer tests. Ten adults (60% female, 20.9 ± 1.2 years) took part in data collection. Both tests were performed in a randomized order on separate days. During testing, heart rate and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) were assessed and VO2max was estimated. There were no significant differences in the highest heart rate achieved (138.7 ± 10.3 vs. 133.3 ± 9.8 bpm, p = 0.08) and highest RPE reported (12.5 ± 2.6 vs. 11.8 ± 2.0, p = 0.21) between the two tests. There were no significant ending VO2 differences (18.9 ± 3.6 vs. 17.1 ± 3.7 ml/kg/min, p = 0.19) or estimated VO2max differences (34.5 ± 8.4 vs. 32.4 ± 10.3 ml/kg/min, p = 0.59) between the ACSM and YMCA protocols. The two submaximal tests yielded similar results within subjects suggesting that the tests could be interchangeable for assessment of aerobic fitness.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jill Lucas Dr. DuAnn Kremer Dr. Price Blair

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A Comparison of the YMCA and ACSM Submaximal Cycle Ergometer Testing Protocols Within a Young Adult Population

Hopwood Auditorium

The ACSM and YMCA tests are two similar and common protocols for VO2max estimation that require submaximal effort. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in VO2max between the ACSM and YMCA cycle ergometer tests. Ten adults (60% female, 20.9 ± 1.2 years) took part in data collection. Both tests were performed in a randomized order on separate days. During testing, heart rate and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) were assessed and VO2max was estimated. There were no significant differences in the highest heart rate achieved (138.7 ± 10.3 vs. 133.3 ± 9.8 bpm, p = 0.08) and highest RPE reported (12.5 ± 2.6 vs. 11.8 ± 2.0, p = 0.21) between the two tests. There were no significant ending VO2 differences (18.9 ± 3.6 vs. 17.1 ± 3.7 ml/kg/min, p = 0.19) or estimated VO2max differences (34.5 ± 8.4 vs. 32.4 ± 10.3 ml/kg/min, p = 0.59) between the ACSM and YMCA protocols. The two submaximal tests yielded similar results within subjects suggesting that the tests could be interchangeable for assessment of aerobic fitness.