Wingate Cycle Test: Measuring Anaerobic Power

If you’ve been following this here blog for a while, you’ve heard me complain about speedwork and such. I am not exactly a gal who calls on the immediate pathways for energy (makin’ them ATP, yo). I mostly rely on the oxidative pathway (less intense, longer duration).

For something that is ANaerobic, you can probably guess that it involves HIGH intensity (think bench pressing super duper heavy or doing a 100m sprint). Well there is a cycling test called the Wingate cycle test that can measure one’s peak and mean power. I kind of already knew I wouldn’t do so great… but the kin lab class was taking volunteers and I was down to by a volunteer for pretty much any test!

No pictures of me on the bike, but here’s a classmate named Deeletra as she did the test:

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Well first off, we get weighed, and we calculate how much weight goes on the rack (different for males, females, and weight). Then the participants warm-up for about five minutes. While on the bike, I got to see just how crazy hard it was going to be!

When we are doing the testing, we start by pedaling as fast as we can with no weight on the flywheel (lots of bouncing). Then the weight is put on the flywheel and immediately, our leg turnover slows down (but we are still pedaling all out). They calculated the pedal strokes every 5 seconds as we pedaled as fast as we could for 30 seconds straight. Longest. 30. Seconds. Ever. Omg.

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After a little cool down, we dismount.

Let me tell ya… my legs were super duper sore and wobbly after I got off. I can’t believe how hard 30 seconds at maximal effort can leave me so trashed!

Found out that I am above average on peak anaerobic power and the mean, as well as having a pretty low fatigue index. Not bad, not great. That’s fine with me!

If you want to read more into the details of the test (as well as how you can simulate it on the track), check out this link. It discusses a bit about lactate, too… which I think I will go into detail on in another post (no, it is not just a waste product and it does not cause muscle soreness).

If I haven’t said it before… I LOVE MY MAJOR! Being in kinesiology, we get to do all these cool tests (maybe I’ll enjoy working in a laboratory setting?) and find out a bit more about these performance measures.

Remember the time I did the VO2 max test? I think I liked the Wingate test a lot better, haha.

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Woke up at 4:45am ish to make it out to San Leandro to volunteer for a Brazen Race!

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Gotta love the people who wake up hours before the crack of dawn to set things up for the racers. I only do this once in a while when the race is close enough to me, but some of these volunteers are out there for pretty much every race!

There were hundreds out there, and it was a great day for a race!

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Congrats to all the runners! Ya’ll are spectacular!

And I found out that I really like being on bag check duty:

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We were actually quite busy and it made 4 hours fly by super fast!

If you are someone who frequently races, and you’ve never volunteered before, I think you should totally do it. It’s just one of the ways to give back to the running community, as well as see what it takes to put on a race. You’ll start to see volunteers a lot differently (such as thanking them, trying your darnedest to throw things away, being patient when they can’t find something, la la la).

Doooooo it.

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Hope ya’lls had a nice Valentine’s day (if you celebrate). I always like to “celebrate” after… by hitting up the supermarkets and getting all the heart-shaped stuff on a mega-sale. The smart people know that the real party starts on February 15th, harhar.

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What kind of physical performance tests have you done before? (Before these kin labs, I pretty much only did the thing where they pinch your fat with the plastic calipers. Kind of totally not enjoyable or cool).

Ever volunteered for a race? Do you try to volunteer regularly?

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