An integrative perspective of the anaerobic threshold

Physiol Behav. 2019 Jun 1;205:29-32. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.12.015. Epub 2017 Dec 14.

Abstract

The concept of anaerobic threshold (AT) was introduced during the nineteen sixties. Since then, several methods to identify the anaerobic threshold (AT) have been studied and suggested as novel 'thresholds' based upon the variable used for its detection (i.e. lactate threshold, ventilatory threshold, glucose threshold). These different techniques have brought some confusion about how we should name this parameter, for instance, anaerobic threshold or the physiological measure used (i.e. lactate, ventilation). On the other hand, the modernization of scientific methods and apparatus to detect AT, as well as the body of literature formed in the past decades, could provide a more cohesive understanding over the AT and the multiple physiological systems involved. Thus, the purpose of this review was to provide an integrative perspective of the methods to determine AT.

Keywords: Aerobic exercise; Autonomic nervous system; Blood glucose; Blood pressure; Catecholamines; Heart rate; Lactate; Ventilation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anaerobic Threshold / physiology*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Methods*