Effect of active warm-up duration on morning short-term maximal performance during Ramadan
Purpose: To examine the effect of active warm-up duration on short-term maximal performance assessed during Ramadan in the morning.
Methods: Twelve healthy active men performed four Wingate tests for measurement of peak power and mean power before and during Ramadan at 09:00 a.m. The tests were performed on separate days, after either a 5-min or a 15-min warm-up. The warm-up consisted in pedaling at 50% of the power output obtained at the last stage of a submaximal multistage cycling test. Oral temperature was measured at rest and after warming-up. Furthermore, ratings of perceived exertion were obtained immediately after the Wingate test.
Results: Oral temperature was higher after the 15-min warm-up than the 5-min warm-up throughout the study. Moreover, peak power and mean power were higher after the 15-min warm-up than the 5-min warm-up before Ramadan. However, during Ramadan, there was no significant difference between the two warm-up durations. In addition, ratings of perceived exertion were higher after the 15-min warm-up than the 5-min warm-up only during Ramadan.
Conclusions: There is no need to prolong the warm-up period before short-term maximal exercise performed during Ramadan in the morning.
Keywords: fasting; morning; warm-up; anaerobic; power