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The effects of high-intensity interval training in well-trained rowers

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posted on 2023-05-16, 21:47 authored by Driller, MW, James Fell, Gregory, JR, Shing, CM, Andrew WilliamsAndrew Williams
Purpose: Several recent studies have reported substantial performance and physiological gains in well-trained endurance runners, swimmers, and cyclists following a period of high-intensity interval training (HIT). The aim of the current study was to compare traditional rowing training (CT) to HIT in well-trained rowers. Methods: Subjects included 5 male and 5 female rowers (mean ¡À SD; age = 19 ¡À 2 y; height = 176 ¡À 8 cm; mass = 73.7 ¡À 9.8 kg; Vo2peak = 4.37 ¡À 1.08 L¡¤min−1). Baseline testing included a 2000-m time trial and a maximal exercise test to determine Vo2peak, 4-min all-out power, and 4 mmol¡¤L−1 blood lactate threshold. Following baseline testing, rowers were randomly allocated to HIT or CT, which they performed seven times over a 4-wk period. The HIT involved 8 ªÔ 2.5-min intervals at 90% of the velocity maintained at Vo2peak, with individual recoveries returning to 70% of the subjects¡¯ maximal heart rate between intervals. The CT intensity consisted of workloads corresponding to 2 and 3 mmol¡¤L−1 blood lactate concentrations. On completion of HIT or CT, rowers repeated the testing performed at baseline and were then allocated to the alternative training program and completed a crossover trial. Results: HIT produced greater improvements in 2000-m time (1.9 ¡À 0.9%; mean ¡À SD), 2000-m power (5.8 ¡À 3.0%), and relative Vo2peak (7.0 ¡À 6.4%) than CT. Conclusion: Four weeks of HIT improves 2000-m time-trial performance and relative Vo2peak in competitive rowers, more than a traditional approach.


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International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance








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