Exercise that requires energy production exceeding that which can be sustained by purely oxidative metabolism, that is, it requires an oxygen consumption greater than the maximal aerobic capacity. Sprinting is a supramaximal exercise. A 100-m sprint run at 36 km h−1 would require an oxygen consumption of approximately 140 ml kg−1 mm−1, far greater than the highest recorded VO2max. Supramaximal exercise requires energy from anaerobic metabolism.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.