No Difference in Power Output for Seated Versus Standing Position During the Wingate Anaerobic Power Test
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
PURPOSE: To determine if differences in power output exist between the seated versus standing position during the Wingate Anaerobic Power Test (WAPT).
METHODS: 14 males (body mass 79.6±7.1 kg) from a College Club level ice hockey team participated in the study. All testing occurred at the same time of day following a 4 h fast. On day one, body fat percent and fat free mass (FFM) were determined using air displacement plethysmography and subjects were given two practice Wingate Anaerobic Power tests (one each in the seated and standing position). On two different days, the subjects performed two 30 s maximal effort WAPT, with each test separated by 7 days. All data were collected using a Monark computerized bicycle ergometer. Following a standard 5 min warm-up, each subject was given a 3 minute rest. The resistance for testing was 7.5% of body mass. Subjects were ramped up during the test with load application and data collection beginning when subjects reached 120 rpm. Differences in power output between the seated and standing position were determined using a paired t-test, with significance set at p≤0.05.
RESULTS: The data (means±SD) for the primary dependent variables are shown in the table below.
Peak Power (W)
Peak Power (W/kg)
Peak Power (W/kg/FFM)
Average Power (W)
Average Power (W/kg)
Average Power (W/kg/FFM)
There were no significant differences between the two positions for any of the primary dependent variables.
CONCLUSION: During Wingate Anaerobic Power testing subjects should be allowed to select the most comfortable position for testing, as both seated and standing produced similar peak and average power measures.
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Potteiger, Jeffrey; Hamm, Jacob; Walsh, Mark; and Smith, Dean, "No Difference in Power Output for Seated Versus Standing Position During the Wingate Anaerobic Power Test" (2011). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 325.
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