The acute effect of whole-body vibration on cycling peak power output

Colin Fraser Hill


The aim of the present study was to determine if an acute bout of whole-body vibration (WBV) prior to sprint cycling would increase peak power output. Ten male cyclists, all familiar with maximal sprint cycling exercise performed, on two separate occasions, a ten second standing sprint on a cycle ergometer. For one trial the sprint was preceded by a 2 minute WBV intervention, requiring the participant to stand on a vibrating platform that produced sinusoidal oscillations. The frequency and amplitude of the vibration was set at 26Hz and ‘high’ (approximately 2mm) respectively. For the other trial participants stood in the same position, however the platform did not vibrate (no-WBV; 0Hz and 0mm for frequency and amplitude respectively). No significant difference was recorded for peak power output between trials (1458.0 + 283.7 W versus 1506.3 + 232.5 W for WBV and no-WBV respectively, P = 0.17). The results suggest that WBV prior to maximal standing sprint cycling does not increase peak power output.


bicycle; performance; anaerobic; sprinting; warm-up; intervention

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