[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
August 28, 1996

Energy Expenditure With Indoor Exercise Equipment-Reply

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee

JAMA. 1996;276(8):605-606. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540080027018

In Reply.  —We hope the opinions of Dr Yannios and Dr Rippe that our article was "potentially counterproductive to promoting fitness" and "a disservice to the public" were not shared by other readers of JAMA. We are professionally devoted to exercise science research and clinical activities to help individuals improve fitness and function. We also believe that our mission as scientists is to carefully perform investigations examining testable hypotheses and to accurately report the results. Interpretation of the results by the media and by other professionals is beyond our control.Dr Yannios states that Saltin and Astrand1 showed "V02 maximum at equivalent RPE's are highest in cross-country skiing, followed by running and cycling, then rowing." In actuality, that study was not a comparison of different exercise modes, but rather a comparison of maximal oxygen uptakes among different types of athletes. Additionally, RPE was not reported in this work nor