Human Physiology Lab: Faculty Research

Effects of a Six-day Trial of High Intensity Interval Training on Blood Indicators of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Previously Trained and Untrained Individuals

Status: Completed

Exertional rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which excessive muscle breakdown has occurred, causing the release of damaging proteins into the blood.

The purpose of this study is to measure markers of muscle breakdown after high intensity interval training in individuals who are both trained and untrained.  Participants must agree to complete a forty-minute high intensity workout for 6 consecutive days, and a forty-minute low intensity workout for 6 consecutive days, wit a two week period of normal activity levels in between.  Blood samples will be drawn from each subject after finishing each set of 6 workouts to measure muscle protein levels and enzyme levels.

Jsutus Hallam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education