The Wingate anaerobic test’s past and future and the compatibility of mechanically versus electro-magnetically braked cycle-ergometers

  • Raffy Dotan
  • Published 2006 in European Journal of Applied Physiology


The 30-year-old Wingate anaerobic test (WAnT) has proven a useful and a much-needed tool in the exercise physiology lab. However, the WAnT suffers from difficulties that partially stem from its original design but are mainly due to a large array of highly non-standardized procedures and the use of different testing modalities—mainly mechanically versus electro-magnetically braked ergometers. The present communication reviews and analyzes the deviations from WAnT’s optimal use and proposes amendments that could make it a more valid, reliable, and a universally useful test.


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