Int J Sports Med 1993; 14(1): 38-42
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1021143
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Exercise Responses to In-Line Skating: Comparisons to Running and Cycling

A. C. Snyder1 , K. P. O'Hagan2 , P. S. Clifford2 , M. D. Hoffman2 , C. Foster3
  • 1Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Department of Human Kinetics, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201
  • 2Sports Performance and Technology Laboratory, Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, and Physiology, The Medical College of Wisconsin and VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI 53295
  • 3Human Performance Laboratory, The University of Wisconsin Medical School, Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Publication Date:
14 March 2008 (online)


A comparison of the physiological responses to in-line skating with the more traditional modes of exercise training has not been reported. The purpose of this study was to examine the physiological responses to in-line skating compared with running and cycling. Nine trained volunteers (2 male, 7 female) performed 3-6 submaximal (30-90% V̇O2max) workloads with each exercise mode. Oxygen uptake, heart rate and blood lactate were measured during each trial. Across the spectrum of oxygen uptakes studied, heart rate was higher with in-line skating than with cycling or running. At a lactate concentration of 4 mM, oxygen uptake was less for in-line skating and cycling than for running. Therefore, while in-line skating may be an effective mode of aerobic exercise, the training adaptations for in-line skating at 4 mM lactate may not be as great as for running, and at a given HR may be less than for running and cycling.