Link to Evidence in Favor of High-Intensity Interval Training

Tabata's team used stationary bicycles

I ran across this recent scientific review article on HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and thought you might be interested.  Looks like it’s slated for publication in The Journal of Physiology.

I’m interested in HIIT as a means to achieve fitness in much less time than the 150 minutes a week of exercise recommended by various public health authorities.

Why didn’t the authors at least mention the oft-cited and apparently pioneering work of Izumi Tabata et al from 1996?

Steve Parker, M.D.


Gibala et al.  Adaptations to low-volume, high-intensity interval training (preliminary draft).  Journal of Physiology, doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2011.224725

Tabata, I., et al.  Effects of moderate-intensity endurance and high-intensity intermittent training on anaerobic capacity and VO2maxMedicine and Science in Sports and Medicine, 1996 Oct;28(10):1327-30.

4 responses to “Link to Evidence in Favor of High-Intensity Interval Training

  1. Dr. Parker,

    Here’s an older article by Gibala, et al:

    They found that 30s sprints/4m rest x 6 was roughly equivalent to 2h at ~70% MHR. Total time was 75% less, total volume was 90% less.

    Sam Knox

  2. Thanks, Sam. Tabata still has the Canadian’s beat by 10 years.
    I see a Jonathan P. Little is a co-author of both articles above. I wonder if that’s the “John Little” who co-authored McGuff’s “Body By Science” book.

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