This study examined the effect of different testing ergometers on V̇O2max, V̇O2max criteria achievement, and reliability of V̇O2max for V̇O2 plateau achievers and nonachievers. Twenty trained adolescents completed a treadmill, cycling, and rowing protocol twice. Of all subjects, 35%, 65%, and 45% did not achieve a plateau in either test (No P) during treadmill, cycling, and rowing, respectively. V̇O2max did not differ between tests for the total group or within the plateau and No P groups in any of the ergometers. A high reliability for V̇O2max was obtained in all ergometers. Our data suggest that Taylor’s criterion should not be a requisite for V̇O2max when testing trained adolescents.
A.M. Rivera-Brown is with the Center for Sports Health and Exercise Science in the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and Albergue Olimpico, Salinas, PR 00751. W.R. Frontera is with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Harvard Medical School (Spaulding RehabilitatiorfHospital), Boston, MA 02115