Magnitude and time course of changes in maximal oxygen uptake in response to distinct regimens of chronic interval training in sedentary women

Todd A. Astorino, Matthew M. Schubert, Elyse Palumbo, Douglas Stirling, David W. McMillan, Christina Cooper, Jackie Godinez, Donovan Martinez, Rachael Gallant

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to compare changes in maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) in response to two regimens of chronic interval training. Methods: Twenty healthy sedentary women (mean ± SD age and VO 2max = 23.0 ± 5.7 years and 30.1 ± 4.4 mL kg -1 min-1, respectively) were randomized to complete 12 weeks of one of two interval training regimes, while an additional seven women served as controls. Training was performed 3 days week-1 on a cycle ergometer and consisted of 6-10 bouts of 1 min duration at lower (60-80 % W max = LO, n = 10) or more intense (80-90 % W max = HI, n = 10) workloads separated by a brief recovery. Every 3 weeks, measures of VO 2max and W max were repeated to assign new training intensities. Changes in blood pressure and body composition were also examined. Results: Data revealed significant (p < 0.001) improvements in VO 2max in LO (22.3 ± 6.9 %) and HI (21.9 ± 11.6 %) that were similar (p > 0.05) between groups. Approximately 60 % of the increase in VO2max in HI was observed in the initial 3 weeks, compared to only 20 % in LO. No change (p > 0.05) in body weight or body composition was revealed in response to training. Results demonstrate that a relatively prolonged regimen of moderate or more intense interval training induces similar improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, although HI induced greater increases in VO2max early on in training than LO. Completion of more intense interval training may be an effective means to expedite increases in VO 2max soon after initiation of exercise training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2361-2369
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Volume113
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body fat
  • Exercise training
  • Interval exercise
  • VO
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physiology (medical)

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