Increased strength and decreased flexibility are related to reduced oxygen cost of walking

Academic Article


  • Purpose was determine effects resistance training/weight loss induced changes in muscular strength and flexibility have on net walking oxygen uptake (netVO2). Sixty-seven premenopausal women lost 12 kg. Before weight loss subjects were assigned to diet (WL) or diet/3 days per week resistance training (WLRT). Resting energy expenditure, oxygen uptake while walking at 4.84 km h-1 on the flat and up 2.5% grade, isometric knee extension strength, and flexibility of the knee extensors and plantar flexors were measured. Strength increased in WLRT (+36 N) but not in WL (-24 N). NetVO2 decreased significantly while flat walking (7.3%) and 2.5% grade walking (5.7%) in WLRT, but not in WL. Delta strength was negatively while delta knee extensor and plantar flexor flexibility were positively related to delta netVO2. Decreases in walking and grade netVO2 were independently and positively related to increased knee extension strength and decreased knee extensor and plantar flexor flexibility. © Springer-Verlag 2008.
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    Author List

  • Hunter GR; McCarthy JP; Bryan DR; Zuckerman PA; Bamman MM; Byrne NM
  • Start Page

  • 895
  • End Page

  • 901
  • Volume

  • 104
  • Issue

  • 5