Effect of Fasciawear on vo2max, RPE and lactate levels during Nordic Walking exhaustion test

The University of Jyväskylä, one of the prestigious Universities in the field of sport medicine, conducted a study recently on what kind of effect Fasciawear might have on the athlete during high intensity exercise. The aim in the study was to find out whether or not Fasciawear has an effect on the oxygen uptake during incremental Nordic Walking test which was carried out until exhaustion. 

Those of you not familiar with Nordic Walking, it is a form of exercise that has taken the idea from cross-country skiing of using two walking poles in the hands to be used in similar manner like ski poles during the walking exercise to increase the core muscle activation and to utilise the muscles in upper body to provide a full body exercise effect.

In the test setup the test subjects each conducted two maximal incremental Nordic walking tests until exhaustion on a treadmill with and without wearing Fasciawear. Two tests were performed at least 3 days apart and randomly assigned to even out the possible effects of the earlier test.

The results show that the vo2max value was significantly higher at exhaustion even though time to exhaustion time did not change. Interestingly, even though the exercise was physically more demanding, performing the exercise did not feel harder rather even lighter and the rated perceived exertion (RPE) was actually lower.

The researchers concluded that the higher oxygen uptake (VO2) and lactate at exhaustion seems to indicate that the utilisation of both the aerobic energy production system and the anaerobic energy production system are improved during high-intensity exercise when wearing Fasciawear.

Key takeaway for you as an athlete

First, as the VO2 intake and thus energy consumption is higher, it means that your body’s capability to perform first under the aerobic threshold and then under the anaerobic threshold are improved as you can sustain higher level of exercise load without change in the lactate levels.

The second important effect is that you body’s capability to perform after the anaerobic threshold has been passed is also significantly improved meaning that you are able to carry on the exercise even though the oxygen uptake does not support the oxygen consumption anymore thus causing the rise of lactate level your blood. Being able to sustain more lactates gives you that extra level of performance when going for your personal record, practicing to finish a marathon or aiming for the podium in your next major race.

The full University of Jyväskylä research paper can be downloaded here.