Analysis of Peak Oxygen Consumption and Heart Rate during Elliptical and Treadmill Exercise

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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To compare peak oxygen consumption (VO2) and heart rate (HR) during treadmill (TM) running and exercise on an elliptical trainer (ET).


A graded exercise test (GXT) during TM running and ET exercise.


Physically active college students (N = 14; 25 ± 4.6 years). Each completed a TM GXT and ET GXT on separate days.


There were no differences in either VO2peak or peak HR between TM (53.0 ± 7.7 ml · kg–1 · min–1, 193.4 ± 9.4 bpm) and ET (51.6 ± 10.7 ml · kg–1 · min–1, 191.2 ± 11.5 bpm; P > .05). Correlations between HR and VO2 data for all stages of exercise for all subjects were similar between machines (ET: r = .88; TM: r = .95; P > .05).


No adjustments to the target HR used during TM running are necessary when using the ET.

Mercer is with the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034. Dufek and Bates are with the Department of Exercise and Movement Science at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.

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