1st Edition

The Physiology of Aerobic Capacity in Women

By David Montero Barril Copyright 2025
    128 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    128 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book questions the dominating concept of the limitation of exercise capacity in women by discussing female physiology from the perspective of respiratory, circulatory, skeletal, body composition, and training adaptations perspectives. Written in a compelling manner, the book covers not only sex differences in Exercise Physiology but also touches upon such questions as doping and novel mechanisms in exercise theory and practice. Based on first-hand research experience, this book offers new and realistic perspectives, including positive and negative aspects of women’s capacity to perform exercise, that should interest the readers of Kinesiology, Integrative Physiology, and Sociology of Sports topics.

    Key Features:

    1. Research-based findings on the cutting-edge topic of women's aerobic capacity.

    2. Written in an accessible manner and packed with science-based insights.

    3. Presents an overarching view of various medical disciplines that are essential in evaluating women's aerobic capacity.


    1. Respiratory System

    2. Circulatory System

    3. Blood

    4. Skeletal Muscle

    5. Fuel Utilization and Body Composition

    6. Training Adaptations



    Prof. Montero is jointly appointed by the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, and the School of Public Health at Hong Kong University. Following a PhD project funded by the French Society of Vascular Medicine, he received postdoctoral training at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Maastricht (Netherlands), the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology and the Department of Cardiology of the University Hospital of Zurich (Switzerland). Prof. Montero welcomes challenging questions, specifically those with the potential to arise the necessary intrinsic motivation to be enthusiastically immersed in them. Current research questions converge upon key mechanisms underpinning the cardiovascular capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues, one of the strongest performance (endurance) and clinical (all-cause mortality) predictors. Embracing integrative approaches, his laboratory focuses on the controlled manipulation and accurate acquisition of the interplay between cardiovascular, hematological, nervous and metabolic systems during physiologically relevant conditions. Exercise is implemented as means to magnify and thereby facilitate the understanding of key intertwined mechanisms of the human body in health and disease.