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Bond research to measure fitness and performance

Bond University researchers are looking for 'recreationally trained' or moderately fit people who spend a minimum of two to three hours a week exercising to take part in a variety of tests usually reserved for elite athletes.

Bond PhD student Damon Arezzolo is seeking 15 people aged between 18 and 40 to take part in the research to be conducted between now and the end of the year.

"This research will determine the change in performance when an anaerobic capacity test is replicated on multiple occasions," said Mr Arezzolo.

"Anaerobic capacity is the amount of energy that can be produced without oxygen during intense exercise and is an important determinant of performance during sprinting and team sports.

“Despite the large number of amateur and professional athletes who perform exercise of this nature, relatively little is known about anaerobic capacity, especially when compared with aerobic capacity, also known as VO2max.”

Participants in the research will take part in six sessions, comprised of VO2max, anaerobic capacity and cycling efficiency tests.

Following completion of testing participants will receive a full physiological report based on their results, which can be compared to elite athletes and population average data.

Mr Arezzolo said that the testing will occur at the Bond University Institute of Health and Sport (BIHS), located next to Cbus Super Stadium.

"I am hopeful that once we have completed this research the information will allow researchers, sports science staff and athletes to identify whether or not a particular training or nutrition plan has had an influence on anaerobic capacity," he said.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Damon Arezzolo either via email [email protected] or phone on 0427 314 888.

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