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18/10/2018 | Etudes cardio et Echauffement et blessures et Etudes Musculation


Sprint exercise snacks: A novel approach to increase aerobic

G. Jackson         Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. Vol. 43, 2018

Sprint interval training (SIT) is a time-efficient way to improve aerobic
fitness. The purpose of this study was to determine if performing
isolated sprints throughout the day with longer (>1 hour) rest periods
(i.e., “sprint snacks”) could comparably improve aerobic capacity. In a
randomized pilot trial, healthy, young, inactive participants performed
six weeks of training (3 d/wk) as either sprint snacks (SS; 3x20
sec with 1-4-hour rest, n=12) or SIT (3x20 sec with 3-minute rest within
a 10-minute session, n=16).

The primary outcome was peak oxygen
uptake (V˙ O2peak) assessed before and after training. Absolute
V˙ O2peak increased by 4% after SS and 6% after SIT (main effect of
time P = 0.004) with no difference between groups (group X time
interaction, P = 0.559). In SIT, exercise enjoyment increased from the
first training session (3.8 ± 1.4) to final training session (5.2 ± 1.2)
whereas enjoyment of SS did not change (4.8 ± 1.9 to 4.5 ± 1.4) (group X
time interaction, P = 0.01). Performing three all-out intensity “sprint
snacks” spread throughout the day can lead to similar aerobic adaptations
when compared to a time-efficient SIT protocol involving the
same number and length of sprints.
Future research should examine
whether sprint snacks can be translated into an effective real-world

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