Physiological adjustments to intensive interval treadmill training

F. S. Pyke, B. C. Elliott, A. R. Morton, A. D. Roberts
1974 British Journal of Sports Medicine  
During a one month training period, eight active men, aged 23-35 years, completed sixteen 30 minute sessions of high intensity interval (5 second work bouts at 16.9 km/hr up 20-25% grade alternated with 10 second rest intervals) treadmill work. In this training period, '02, VE and blood lactate in a 10 minute run at 12.9 km/hr on a level treadmill were unchanged but heart rate during this work decreased by an average of 9 beats/min. During a 4 minute interval work effort at the training
more » ... y, blood lactate accumulation decreased by 40.4%. In exhausting work, mean values of V02, VE and blood lactate increased by 6.2%, 8.2% and 31.6% respectively. Maximal heart rate decreased by an average of 4 beats/min. The average work production of the men in the training sessions improved by 64.5% from 28,160 kgm to 43,685 kgm. No significant improvements were observed in either a short sprint or a stair climbing test which assessed the ability to generate mechanical power from alactacid anaerobic sources. It was concluded that the training regime is an effective method of producing a high total work output in competitive athletes and results in improvements in aerobic power, glycolytic capacity and ability to tolerate the short duration interval work encountered in many games. Library Classification: interval training, aerobic power; anaerobic power; alactacid oxygen debt; lactacid oxygen debt. on 23 July 2018 by guest. Protected by copyright.
doi:10.1136/bjsm.8.4.163 fatcat:n2hvn56hafe77ks2jfdfwpmppu