The Influence of Fitness Levels on Measures of Metabolic Fitness
This slide reveals the typical relationships found between aerobic fitness and indicators of metabolic fitness. For both men and women, the levels of the four metabolic variables comprising the “deadly quartet” (Kaplan et al., 1989) are lower for individuals with higher levels of fitness. This indicates that aerobic fitness can lead to improvements in metabolic fitness.
Chart adapted from the following reference:
Whaley, M.H., Kampert, J.B., Kohl, H.W., & Blair, S.N. (1999). Physical fitness and clustering of risk factors associated with the metabolic syndrome.