Journal article

High-intensity intermittent cycling increases purine loss compared with workload-matched continuous moderate intensity cycling

Tracey Gerber, Melissa Louise Borg, Alan Hayes, Christos George Stathis

European Journal of Applied Physiology | SPRINGER | Published : 2014

Abstract

PURPOSE: Exercise at 50-60 % of peak oxygen consumption (VO2 peak) stimulates maximal fat oxidation rates. Despite a lower estimated work performed; high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) training produces greater fat mass reductions when compared with workload-matched continuous (CON) steady state exercise. No metabolic basis has been documented nor mechanisms offered to explain this anomaly. This study investigated the physiological and metabolic responses of two different workload-matched exercise protocols. METHODS: On separate occasions and at least 1 week apart, eight apparently healthy males cycled for 30 min at either 50 % VO2 peak (CON) or performed repeated 20 s bouts of supra..

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