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Effects of whole-body high-intensity interval training and different running- based high-intensity interval training protocols on aerobic capacity and strength endurance in young physical education students

Bossmann, Thomas 1; Bickmeyer, Malte; Woll, Alexander ORCID iD icon 1; Wagner, Ingo ORCID iD icon 1
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions effectively improve aerobic fitness in children and adolescents in relatively short time. Circuit Training arrangements using highly intensive whole-body drills may reach similar results and may seem an appropriate training method for Physical Education settings. So far, only few studies compared the effects of running-based HIIT intervals lasting less than one minute and whole-body circuit training with a control group. This intervention study examined the effects of 12 units of running-based HIIT protocols (10x1 min vs. 15x30 sec.) and a Circuit training regimen implemented over 12 weeks within regular P.E. lessons. 108 students from two secondary schools in Baden Württemberg and Niedersachsen took part in the study. Pre and posttests were conducted to determine training effects with regard to VO2max and strength endurance. The results showed significant improvements in aerobic fitness (+ 5-9%) and strength parameters for all training groups (HIIT 1: t(28) = -1,886, p < 0.05; HIIT 2: t(27) = -2,631, p < 0.01; CIRCUIT: t (25) = -2.834, p < 0.01). Ultrashort intervals and circuit training based on whole-body drills were perceived as significantly more motivating by the students than longer intervals lasting 60 seconds (g = 0.21, 95% CI 0.055-0.356, p < 0.001).

Postprint §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000156495
Veröffentlicht am 01.03.2024
DOI: 10.7752/jpes.2023.02043
Zitationen: 3
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 28.02.2023
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2247-8051, 2247-806X
KITopen-ID: 1000156495
Erschienen in Journal of physical education and sport
Verlag University of Pitesti
Band 23
Heft 2
Seiten 360-371
Schlagwörter High Intensity Interval Training; Whole Body Drills; Circuit Training; Physical Education; Cardiorespiratory Fitness
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