February 1st, 2018

10 Seconds To Faster Cycle Sprints

If you race BMX or other short sprint events on a bike, and you’re looking for a competitive edge, a study recently published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness might be of interest. It looks at an effect known as postactivation potentiation.
 
Researchers had 20 well trained men take part in 3 testing sessions all separated by a week. During one session, they performed a low-intensity warm up before taking a 30-second Wingate test. Next, they did a 10 second overloaded cycling warm up 5 minutes before the Wingate test. Finally, they waited 10 minutes before cycling after the overloaded warm up. Subjects exhibited significantly greater mean power output and total work racing 10 minutes after the 10-second overloaded warm up.