Strength and Power Gains in Highly-Trained Individuals

Catherine Logan

April 30th, 2020

The Effect of Two Different Concurrent Training Programs on Strength and Power Gains in Highly-Trained Individuals
SourceJournal of Sports Science and Medicine (2018)
Clinical Question: To compare effects of concurrent training incorporating Low-Volume, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) vs. High-volume, Medium-Intensity Continuous Endurance Training (CT).
Points to Consider: 16 elite hockey and rugby players were divided into two groups: 
CT (n=8) or HIIT (n=8) in parallel with resistance training (RT)

  • CT: 40-80 minutes at 70% of VO2max
  • HIIT: 8-24 Tabata intervals at ~150% of VO2max
  • RT: 2-6 sets of heavy parallel squats, >80% of 1RM

Bottom Line:
Parallel squat performance improved after both RT+CT and RT +HIIT with NO difference between groups (improvement was 12 +/-8% and 14+/-10%, respectively).
Aerobic power (VO2max) only improved after RT + HIIT (4=/-3%, p<.01).
In sum… Volume/intensity did not influence magnitude of strength improvements, however, given VO2max improvements in RT+HIIT, the authors recommend HIIT+RT as a time efficient protocol for concurrent endurance training.
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About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.