Validation of a six second cycle test for the determination of peak power output

Peter Herbert, Nicholas Sculthorpe, Julien S. Baker, Fergal M. Grace

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The present study examined the agreement between peak power output during a standard Wingate anaerobic test (WAnT) and a six second 'all-out' test on a Wattbike Pro. Nine males (40.7 +/- 19.4 yrs, 1.76 +/- 0.03 cm, 82.11 +/- 8.9 kg) underwent three testing protocols on separate days. The protocols consisted 30 second WAnT (WAnT30), a modified WAnT over 6 seconds (WAnT6) and a 6 second peak power test (PPT6). PPT6 was correlated with WAnT30 (r = 0.9; p < 0.001) with a mean bias of 105 W. PPT6 correlated with WAnT6 (r = 0.95; p < 0.001) with a mean bias of 74 W. WAnT6 correlated with WAnT30 (r = 0.99; p < 0.001) with a mean bias of 31 W. There was no difference in time to peak power between any trial. PPT6 resulted in significantly greater power outputs than in WAnT30 and WAnT6 (p < 0.001). We conclude that PPT6 and WAnT6 are valid measures of peak power output compared with WAnT30. This identifies that PPT6 and WAnT6 as short duration 'all-out' tests that have practical applications for researchers and coaches who wish to assess peak power output without the fatiguing effects associated with a standard WAnT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-125
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015


  • Wattbike
  • static start
  • rolling start
  • fatigue
  • Wingate anaerobic test (WAnT)


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