Int J Sports Med 1988; 09(6): 456-460
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1025051
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Estimation of the Contribution of the Various Energy Systems During Maximal Work of Short Duration

O. Serresse, G. Lortie, C. Bouchard, M. R. Boulay
  • Physical Activity Sciences Laboratory, Laval University, Ste-Foy, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4
Further Information

Publication History

Publication Date:
14 March 2008 (online)


The aim of this experiment was to estimate the relative contribution of the various energy delivery systems during maximal exercise tests of short duration. Twenty-five males were submitted to a V̇O2max test and 10-, 30-, and 90-s maximal ergocycle tests. Expiratory gases were collected with a Douglas bag during the entire 30-s test and continuously monitored with an open-circuit system during the 90-s test. Estimates of the phosphagenic component represented approximately 55%-60% of the energy expenditure during the 10-s work performance. Results of the 30-s test indicated that the relative contributions of the energy systems were 23%, 49%, and 28% for the phosphagenic, glycolytic, and oxidative pathways, respectively. For the 90-s test, these estimates were 12%, 42%, and 46% for the three metabolic systems. The highest contribution of each system during the 90-s was obtained from 5 to 15 s for the phosphagenic component, from 16 to 30 s for the glycolytic, and from 61 to 75 s for the aerobic energy systems. During the 90-s test, V̇O2max was reached after approximately 60 s. It is concluded that the 30 and 90 s are not strictly anaerobic although they all have a large anaerobic component.