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According to McArdle et al. (2015), Excessive Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) computes the total oxygen consumed in recovery minus the total oxygen consumed at rest during the recovery period. According to McArdle et al. (2015), VO2 mL/kg/min is defined as maximal oxygen consumption. According to McArdle et al. (2015), respiratory exchange ratio (RER) is the ratio of carbon dioxide produced to oxygen consumed under rest and steady-state conditions with little reliance on anaerobic metabolism. According to Dr. et al. (2004), EPOC is also known as O2 deficit and was used as a measure of anaerobic metabolism during exercise. According to McArdle et al. (2015), there are two forms that are used to help determine EPOC for exercise and recovery: active recovery and passive recovery. Active recovery is defined as ‘cooling down’ or ‘tapering off’ and passive recovery is where an individual usually lies down presuming that total inactivity reduces the resting energy requirements and thus ‘frees’ oxygen to fuel the recovery process (McArdle et al., 2015). During this study, the individual performed a passive recovery. V̇O2 is the maximal oxygen consumption that an individual utilizes during an intense exercise (McArdle et al., 2015). Heart rate is the number of times the heart beats per minute which is based on the number of contractions of the ventricles. Pulmonary Ventilation (VE) describes the process of moving and exchanging ambient air with air in the lungs (McArdle et al., 2015). The purpose of this study was to determine if EPOC could be assessed in a 20–32-year-old college student 10 minutes after a sub max cycling test is performed. It was hypothesized that EPOC can be assessed 10 minutes after a submaximal cycle test is performed.

Publication Date

Spring 2022


Boiling Springs, NC


Medicine and Health Sciences | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences

Excessive Post- Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) Following a Twenty-Minute Submaximal Cycle Test