Comparison of two intense interval training programs on maximum oxygen uptake and running performance

R. Olsen, K. Berg, R. Latin, D. Blanke

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    The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of two interval training programs on V̇O2max and running performance for 3200 m. Subjects were 12 healthy males who were previously active runners (mean age ± SD = 25.4 ± 3.75 yr). Two groups trained twice weekly running 800 m intervals at either 92% (n = 4) or 100% (n = 8) V̇O2max. A third weekly training session consisted of a timed 3200 m run. Both groups significantly increased V̇O2max (ml·kg-1·min), ventilation threshold, and 3200 m running performance. The improvement in these variables across groups was not significantly different. It was concluded that interval training at 92% and 100% of V̇O2max using 800 m work intervals is equally effective in enhancing V̇O2max, ventilation threshold, and performance in a 3200 m run when the energy expenditure in the less intense group moderately exceeds that of the more intense group.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)158-164
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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