High-intensity interval training to maximize cardiac benefits of exercise training?

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2009 Jul;37(3):139-46. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e3181aa65fc.


We hypothesized that high-intensity aerobic interval training results in a greater beneficial adaptation of the heart compared with that observed after low-to-moderate exercise intensity. This is supported by recent epidemiological, experimental, and clinical studies. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of myocardial adaptation to exercise training are discussed in this review.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Animals
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Exercise*
  • Heart / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Sports / physiology