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

Driller, Matthew W., Fell, James W., Gregory, John R., Shing, Cecilia M. and Williams, Andrew D. (2009) The effects of high-intensity interval training in well-trained rowers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 4 1: 110-121.

Author Driller, Matthew W.
Fell, James W.
Gregory, John R.
Shing, Cecilia M.
Williams, Andrew D.
Title The effects of high-intensity interval training in well-trained rowers
Journal name International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1555-0265
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 110
End page 121
Total pages 12
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
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 ± SD; age = 19 ± 2 y; height = 176 ± 8 cm; mass = 73.7 ± 9.8 kg; VO2peak = 4.37 ± 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 x 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 ± 0.9%; mean ± SD), 2000-m power (5.8 ± 3.0%), and relative VO2peak (7.0 ± 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. © 2009 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Keyword rowing
training techniques
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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