Cardiovascular response to interval and continuous training in women

David A. Cunningham*, Donald McCrimmon, L. F. Vlach

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Three groups of five women (age = 18-25 years) participated in a 12-week training program. Cardiovascular responses up to 85% VO2 max to interval (ITG) and continuous (CTG) training were studied in two groups, before training and after 4, 8, and 12 weeks of training four times per week. A control group was assessed before and after 6 and 12 weeks. Both exercise groups demonstrated significant increases in Cao2-C-vo2 after 8 weeks with only slight further increases after 12 weeks (CTG=8.9%, ITG=20.0% at 85% VO2 max). No significant changes were noted in either group in SV (+ 5 ml ITG, + 9 ml CTG) or in their Qc. These results indicated that, in response to high intensity training, women may demonstrate similar cardiovascular adaptations to training as have been observed for men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-197
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1979


  • Arterial-venous oxygen difference
  • Cardiac output
  • Hemodynamic response to exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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