Muscle reoxygenation rate after isometric exercise at various intensities in relation to muscle oxidative capacity

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2003:530:497-507. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4615-0075-9_47.


The purpose of this study was to determine whether the reoxygenation rate (Reoxy-rate) immediately after static exercise at various submaximal intensities would be related to muscle oxidative capacity. Seven healthy male subjects performed isometric handgrip exercise for 10 sec at 30%, 60% and 90% of maximal voluntary contraction (MVC). The Reoxy-rate and muscle oxygen consumption during exercise (muscle VO2EX) were monitored by near infrared continuous wave spectroscopy (NIRcws). The muscle oxidative capacity was evaluated by the time constant for phosphocreatine resynthesis (PCrTc) using 31-phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P-MRS). The Peak blood flow of brachial artery after exercise (BABFpeak) was measured using Doppler ultrasound. There was no correlation between PCrTc and Reoxy-rate at 30% and 60% MVC. In contrast, Reoxy-rate at 90% MVC was positively correlated to PCrTC (r = 0.825, p < 0.05). The muscle VO2EX increased 5.9, 8.8 and 12.6-fold of the resting on average at 30%, 60% and 90% MVC, respectively, and the muscle VO2EX at 90% MVC was significantly higher than that at 30% and 60% MVC. On the other hand, BABFpeak increased only just 1.9, 2.4 and 2.7-fold of the resting on average at 30%, 60% and 90% MVC, respectively (Fig. 4). These results suggest that the higher oxidative capacity muscle shows slower muscle reoxygenation after 10 sec isometric exercise at 90% MVC because the Reoxy-rate after this type of exercise may be influenced more by muscle VO2 than by O2 supply. In contrast, 60% MVC and lower exercise intensities may not be severe enough to influence the muscle VO2 dependent Reoxy-rate.

MeSH terms

  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction*
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / blood supply
  • Muscle, Skeletal / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Oxygen / metabolism*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler


  • Oxygen