Effect of sprint interval training on circulatory function during exercise in sedentary, overweight/obese women

Department of Kinesiology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
Arbeitsphysiologie (Impact Factor: 2.19). 12/2010; 111(8):1591-7. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-010-1777-z
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Very high-intensity, low-volume, sprint interval training (SIT) increases muscle oxidative capacity and may increase maximal oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]), but whether circulatory function is improved, and whether SIT is feasible in overweight/obese women is unknown. To examine the effects of SIT on [Formula: see text] and circulatory function in sedentary, overweight/obese women. Twenty-eight women with BMI > 25 were randomly assigned to SIT or control (CON) groups. One week before pre-testing, subjects were familarized to [Formula: see text] testing and the workload that elicited 50% [Formula: see text] was calculated. Pre- and post-intervention, circulatory function was measured at 50% of the pre-intervention [Formula: see text], and a GXT was performed to determine [Formula: see text]. During the intervention, SIT training was given for 3 days/week for 4 weeks. Training consisted of 4-7, 30-s sprints on a stationary cycle (5% body mass as resistance) with 4 min active recovery between sprints. CON maintained baseline physical activity. Post-intervention, heart rate (HR) was significantly lower and stroke volume (SV) significantly higher in SIT (-8.1 and 11.4%, respectively; P < 0.05) during cycling at 50% [Formula: see text]; changes in CON were not significant (3 and -4%, respectively). Changes in cardiac output ([Formula: see text]) and arteriovenous oxygen content difference [(a - v)O(2) diff] were not significantly different for SIT or CON. The increase in [Formula: see text] by SIT was significantly greater than by CON (12 vs. -1%). Changes by SIT and CON in HR(max) (-1 vs. -1%) were not significantly different. Four weeks of SIT improve circulatory function during submaximal exercise and increases [Formula: see text] in sedentary, overweight/obese women.

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    • "Several of the selected studies have reported significant improvements in performance (Burgomaster et al., 2005, 2006; Gibala et al., 2006; Babraj et al., 2009; Bailey et al., 2009; Hazell et al., 2010), VO 2max (Bailey et al., 2009; Hazell et al., 2010; Whyte et al., 2010; Astorino et al., 2011, 2012; Bayati et al., 2011) and muscle oxidative potential (Burgomaster et al., 2005, 2006; Gibala et al., 2006) following only 2 weeks of training (three sessions/week) applying a very low weekly training volume (Յ12 min of exercise time). However, there seem to be no clear relationship between the magnitude of improvements in VO 2max or muscle oxidative potential and the duration of training when, comparing the results from the studies applying two (Burgomaster et al., 2005, 2006; Gibala et al., 2006; Bailey et al., 2009; Hazell et al., 2010; Whyte et al., 2010; Astorino et al., 2011; Bayati et al., 2011) and 4–8 weeks (McKenna et al., 1997; MacDougall et al., 1998; Barnett et al., 2004; Burgomaster et al., 2007, 2008; Rakobowchuk et al., 2008; Bayati et al., 2011; Macpherson et al., 2011; Metcalfe et al., 2011; Trilk et al., 2011) of SIT, respectively. The mean improvements in VO 2max after 2 weeks of SIT is 6.8% compared to 9.6% after 4–8 weeks. "
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