Cycle Ergometry Estimation of Physical Fitness among Israeli Soldiers

Michael Huerta, Itamar Grotto, Samuel Shemla, Isaac Ashkenazi, Ofer Shpilberg, Jeremy D. Kark

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We evaluated the level of fitness among a large population-based sample of Israeli men and women ages 18-25 years, within the framework of an ongoing survey of personnel discharged from military service in the Israel Defense Force. Aerobic capacity was predicted with the Astrand-Rhyming 6-minute cycle ergometer test and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) was estimated using the Astrand-Rhyming nomogram based on cardiac response to 6 minutes of constant submaximal cycle work. Mean 4± SD VO2 max. values were 41.05 ± 10.52 mL/kg/min for men (range, 15-81 mL/kg/min) and 33.84 ± 7.60 mL/kg/min for women (range, 16-65 mL/kg/min). Smoking was found to be associated with lower VO2 max among both men and women, whereas type of military service unit was unexpectedly not associated with physical fitness level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


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