Effect of Number of Sprints in a SIT Session on Change in VO2max: A Meta Analysis

Niels BJ Vollaard, Richard Metcalfe, Sean Williams

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    Purpose: Recent meta-analyses indicate that sprint interval training (SIT) improves cardiorespiratory fitness (V[Combining Dot Above]O2max), but the effects of various training parameters on the magnitude of the improvement remain unknown. The present meta-analysis examined the modifying effect of the number of sprint repetitions in a SIT session on improvements in V[Combining Dot Above]O2max.Methods: The databases PubMed and Web of Science were searched for original studies that have examined pre- and post-training V[Combining Dot Above]O2max in adults following >=2 weeks of training consisting of repeated (>=2) Wingate-type cycle sprints, published up to 1 May 2016. Articles were excluded if they were not in English, involved patients, athletes, or participants with a mean baseline V[Combining Dot Above]O2max of >55 mL[middle dot]kg-1[middle dot]min-1 or a mean age
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
    Early online date10 Jan 2017
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jan 2017



    • systematic review
    • cardiorespiratory fitness
    • aerobic capacity
    • sprint interval training

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