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Adding intermittent vibration to varied-intensity work intervals: no extra benefit

Bossi, Arthur, Mesquida, Cristian, Hopker, James G., Ronnestad, Bent R. (2022) Adding intermittent vibration to varied-intensity work intervals: no extra benefit. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 44 (02). pp. 126-132. ISSN 0172-4622. (doi:10.1055/a-1812-7600) (KAR id:94906)


Varied-intensity work intervals have been shown to induce higher fractions of maximal oxygen uptake during high-intensity interval training compared with constant-intensity work intervals. We assessed whether varied-intensity work intervals combined with intermittent vibration could further increase cyclists’ fraction of maximal oxygen uptake to potentially optimise adaptive stimulus. Thirteen cyclists (V̇O2max: 69.7±7.1 ml·kg-1·min-1) underwent a performance assessment and two high-intensity interval training sessions. Both comprised six 5-minute varied-intensity work intervals within which work rate was alternated between 100% (3x30-second blocks, with or without vibration) and 77% of maximal aerobic power (always without vibration). Adding vibration to varied-intensity work intervals did not elicit longer time above ninety percent of maximal oxygen uptake (415±221 versus 399±209 seconds, P=0.69). Heart rate- and perceptual-based training-load metrics were also not affected (all P≥0.59). When considering individual work intervals, no between-condition differences were found (fraction of maximal oxygen uptake, P=0.34; total oxygen uptake, P=0.053; mean minute ventilation, P=0.079; mean heart rate, P=0.88; blood lactate concentration, P=0.53; ratings of perceived exertion, P=0.29). Adding intermittent vibration to varied-intensity work intervals does not increase the fraction of maximal oxygen uptake elicited. Whether intermittent exposure to vibration can enhance cyclists’ adaptive stimulus triggered by high-intensity interval training remains to be determined.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1055/a-1812-7600
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Funders: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (
Depositing User: James Hopker
Date Deposited: 06 May 2022 08:45 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 00:00 UTC
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