POWER OUTPUT IN STANDING CYCLING
Andrew Gai and Toby Chambers; University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri
PURPOSE: In the sport of cycling, standing pedaling is often used to increase power whether it be during a hill climb or a flat sprint at an increased resistance. The purpose of this study was to examine whether standing while pedaling increased any variables measured by a 30 second anaerobic Wingate test. METHODS: Nine male, physically active subjects completed 2 -30 second Wingate tests. One test was a standard test in which the subject had to remain seated during the entire test. The other test required the subject to stand up and pedal 5 seconds after the load was applied to the wheel for the remaining of the protocol. RESULTS: Averages for seated cycling were 650.6 W ±48.8 for mean power, 1010.9 W ±88.21 for peak power, 20.13 W/s ±3.82 for fatigue ratio, and 173 ±9.49 mean rpm’s. For standing cycling the averages were 610.6 W ±51.12 for mean power, 1045.78W ±111.31 for peak power, 21.71 W/s ±4.34 for fatigue index, and 164 ±13.57 mean rpm’s. CONCLUSION: Standing cycling only yielded a desirable difference in peak power, and had a negative effect on fatigue index. Therefore, standing pedaling could be a technique used to increase absolute power output.
Gai, A and Chambers, T
"POWER OUTPUT IN STANDING CYCLING,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 11
, Article 28.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol11/iss1/28
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