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Sports 2018, 6(2), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports6020054

A Comparison of Aerobic Fitness Testing on a Swim Bench and Treadmill in a Recreational Surfing Cohort: A Pilot Study

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Water Based Research Unit—Bond Institute of Health and Sport, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD 4226, Australia
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School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
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Exercise, Health and Performance Faculty Research Group—Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Received: 4 April 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 9 June 2018 / Published: 11 June 2018
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The intermittent manner of surfing accentuates the importance of both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Currently, the optimal method of assessing surfing-specific aerobic fitness is using a swim bench (SWB) ergometer; however, their limited availability presents a barrier to surfers wanting to know their maximal aerobic power (VO2peak). As a result, the aims of this pilot study were to determine the VO2peak of recreational surfers using a new commercial SWB ergometer and to propose and examine the feasibility of a regression model to predict SWB ergometer VO2peak values. A total of nine recreational surfers were assessed where body measurements were conducted followed by maximal aerobic capacity testing (swim bench and treadmill) to profile the cohort. Findings demonstrated that VO2peak values were significantly greater (p < 0.001) on the treadmill compared to the SWB ergometer (M = 66.01 ± 8.23 vs. 37.41 ± 8.73 mL/kg/min). Peak heart rate was also significantly greater on the treadmill compared to the SWB ergometer. Multiple regression analysis was used to produce a model which predicted SWB VO2peak values with an R2 value of 0.863 and an adjusted R2 value of 0.726. The physiological profiling of the recreational cohort coupled with a surfer’s predicted SWB VO2peak value will allow for identification of surfing-specific aerobic fitness levels and evidence-based training recommendations. View Full-Text
Keywords: aerobic fitness; aerobic power; VO2peak; VO2max; ergometer; treadmill aerobic fitness; aerobic power; VO2peak; VO2max; ergometer; treadmill
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Khundaqji, H.; Samain, E.; Climstein, M.; Schram, B.; Hing, W.; Furness, J. A Comparison of Aerobic Fitness Testing on a Swim Bench and Treadmill in a Recreational Surfing Cohort: A Pilot Study. Sports 2018, 6, 54.

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