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VO2 max figures for sprinters(5 posts)

VO2 max figures for sprintersPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 12, 2002 2:20 PM
Does anyone have any figures for the VO2 max of both track and field sprinters and track sprinters (cycling)?

re: VO2 max figures for sprinterstao
Nov 12, 2002 4:08 PM
I'm sure you know this, but VO2 max is largely an indicator for aerobic exercise potential. Sprints, by their nature, are anaerobic. Some sprinters don't even breathe during their event. That said, I'm sure there's still a modest correlation between effective sprinters and VO2 max, if for nothing else because of the training involved and relative good shape of the participants. Don't expect Indurian or Armstrong type numbers though for your favorites, because the number is normalized by body weight (ml/kg/min). Effective sprinters tend to be large because of the muscle mass required to produce such ungodly power. That is to say they care about overall strength and not strength to weight ratio, which VO2 max effectively measures in a sense.

In short, I have no idea what the numbers are, I just suggest you don't read too much into them when you find them.
Nov 12, 2002 4:29 PM
But I'm curious what a kilo riders VO2 max would be and also since aerobic fitness can be an important component of recovery in better heats it could play a factor.

Very truejjdbike
Nov 13, 2002 7:26 AM
This may be a bit off topic, but I wanted to "throw it against the wall" and see what you folks think of these ideas...Ofcourse you are correct that sprinting is anaerobic. One thing that we sometimes lose sight of is that while lactate is an out put of the anaerobic system (here's the kicker), it is also an input to aerobic system. That being said, other than the pitfall of training the "oxidateive fast twitch fibers" to "behave more like slow twitch fibers", having a high aerobic capacity only helps the anaerobic system to operate more efficiently by helping to clear lactate. A highly efficient aerobic system also helps athletes recover quickly & is the base upon which a highly efficient anaerobic system is built. Sure they will not have L.A. type VO2 Max values, I'll bet that many of the consistantly successful spriters will have very high VO2 max's. And yes strength to weight is crutial.In my humble opinion, watt output @ VT1, VT2, LT, and VO2 Max, are some of the most important predictors of performance. Therfore justifying the incorperation of some type of mechanisim to measure watts into a coaching/training plan. What do you guys think? Opinions, info, etc...?
Very trueJon Billheimer
Nov 13, 2002 8:18 AM
Totally agree with everything you said. My ex. phys. prof used to say the same thing. High clearance rates are extremely important for both power performance and recovery, so a strong aerobic system is the foundation for great power performance, especially in a sport like cycling. Look at how many successful Tour riders came from a track background, esp. Australians.