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Circulating adiponectin concentration and body composition are altered in response to high-intensity interval training


Shing, CM and Webb, JJ and Driller, MW and Williams, AD and Fell, JW, Circulating adiponectin concentration and body composition are altered in response to high-intensity interval training, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27, (8) pp. 2213-2218. ISSN 1064-8011 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e31827e1644


Adiponectin influences metabolic adaptations that would prove beneficial to endurance athletes, and yet to date there is little known about the response of adiponectin concentrations to exercise, and, in particular, the response of this hormone to training in an athlete population. This study aimed to determine the response of plasma adiponectin concentrations to acute exercise after 2 different training programs and to determine the influence of the training on body composition. Seven state-level representative rowers (age: 19 +/- 1.2 years [mean +/- SD], height: 1.77 +/- 0.10 m, body mass: 74.0 +/- 10.7 kg, V· O2peak 62.1 +/- 7.0 ml·kg-1·min-1) participated in the double-blind, randomized crossover investigation. Rowers performed an incremental graded exercise test before and after completing 4 weeks of high-intensity interval ergometer training and 4 weeks of traditional ergometer rowing training. Rowers' body composition was assessed at baseline and after each training program. Significant increases in plasma adiponectin concentration occurred in response to maximal exercise after completion of the high-intensity interval training (p = 0.016) but not after traditional ergometer rowing training (p = 0.69). The high-intensity interval training also resulted in significant increases in mean 4-minute power output (p = 0.002) and V· O2peak (p = 0.05), and a decrease in body fat percentage (p = 0.022). Mean 4-minute power output, V· O2peak, and body fat percentage were not significantly different after 4 weeks of traditional ergometer rowing training (p > 0.05). Four weeks of high-intensity interval training is associated with an increase in adiponectin concentration in response to maximal exercise and a reduction in body fat percentage. The potential for changes in adiponectin concentration to reflect positive training adaptations and athlete performance level should be further explored.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rowing, body fat, metabolism, endurance, hormone, training
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shing, CM (Dr Cecilia Kitic)
UTAS Author:Webb, JJ (Ms Jessica Webb)
UTAS Author:Driller, MW (Dr Matthew Driller)
UTAS Author:Williams, AD (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
UTAS Author:Fell, JW (Associate Professor James Fell)
ID Code:81781
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2013-01-08
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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