Compatibility of high-intensity strength and endurance training on hormonal and skeletal muscle adaptations

J Appl Physiol (1985). 1995 Mar;78(3):976-89. doi: 10.1152/jappl.1995.78.3.976.


Thirty-five healthy men were matched and randomly assigned to one of four training groups that performed high-intensity strength and endurance training (C; n = 9), upper body only high-intensity strength and endurance training (UC; n = 9), high-intensity endurance training (E; n = 8), or high-intensity strength training (ST; n = 9). The C and ST groups significantly increased one-repetition maximum strength for all exercises (P < 0.05). Only the C, UC, and E groups demonstrated significant increases in treadmill maximal oxygen consumption. The ST group showed significant increases in power output. Hormonal responses to treadmill exercise demonstrated a differential response to the different training programs, indicating that the underlying physiological milieu differed with the training program. Significant changes in muscle fiber areas were as follows: types I, IIa, and IIc increased in the ST group; types I and IIc decreased in the E group; type IIa increased in the C group; and there were no changes in the UC group. Significant shifts in percentage from type IIb to type IIa were observed in all training groups, with the greatest shift in the groups in which resistance trained the thigh musculature. This investigation indicates that the combination of strength and endurance training results in an attenuation of the performance improvements and physiological adaptations typical of single-mode training.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological*
  • Adult
  • Anaerobiosis
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone / blood*
  • Male
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / enzymology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / enzymology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Education and Training*
  • Physical Endurance*
  • Testosterone / blood*


  • Testosterone
  • Hydrocortisone