A High-Intensity Training Based Running Plan Improves Athletic Performance by Improving Muscle Power
Majid Koozehchian, Kinesiology; Gina Mabrey, Kinesiology
10:30-10:40am | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor
High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) refers to alternating max effort and low effort exercises or rest periods. This training method aims to do much work quickly while still acquiring similar adaptations as endurance and resistance training alone. For many years, this training method has been incorporated mainly in association with cycling and running; however, despite the broad range of effects reported mainly in the improvement of muscle power in endurance athletes, little data is available to support the physiological and neuromuscular responses to HIIT in endurance athletes. Some HIIT-related investigations have shown improvements in neuromuscular characteristics that were transmitted into an increase in muscle power and volume of oxygen output. This research had an approach that included both pretest and posttest results with thirteen triathletes divided into two groups: the experimental group and the control group.
Furthermore, this study analyzed the implementation of a low-volume HIIT-based running plan on the experimental group combined with their already high training volumes in swimming and cycling. On the contrary, the control group was asked to maintain their regular training routines. Nevertheless, HR was monitored, whereas RPE and BLa were registered after the race. No improvements were shown in the CG, but the EG significantly improved the sprint distance during the triathlon race. The hypothesis from this research has been tested proven to increase performance in cycling, swimming, jumping, and particularly running. However, future research involving HIIT implementation on endurance training may better understand muscular power from neuromuscular and physiological adaptations.
student research, kinesiology
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Fernandez, Emanuel, "A High-Intensity Training Based Running Plan Improves Athletic Performance by Improving Muscle Power" (2022). JSU Student Symposium 2022. 26.