Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 6-28-2017


Purpose: To examine the physiological effects (energy expenditure, oxygen consumption [VO2], heart rate [HR], blood lactate [BLa-], excess post-exercise oxygen consumption [EPOC]) and perception (rating of perceived exertion [RPE] and enjoyment) of the combination of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise with conventional circuit weight training (CWT; nine consecutive exercises)(CWIT) compared to HIIT exercise with tri-set training (3 three-exercise mini-circuits)(TRIIT). Methods: Fourteen trained men completed two separate resistance exercise protocols. CWIT consisted of six HIIT bouts prior to three rounds of a nine exercise CWT protocol. TRIIT consisted of three rounds of three mini-circuits consisting of three exercises with the integration of three HIIT bouts between the first and second mini-circuits and second and third mini-circuits. Both protocols were matched for exercise load and time. VO2 was measured via indirect calorimetry, BLa- was measured via portable lactate analyzer, exertion was measured via Borg scale (6-20) and enjoyment was measured via Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale (PAES). Differences between CWIT and TRIIT protocols were analyzed as group means by using paired t-tests and as protocol by time using a 2 x 5 repeated measures ANOVA (SPSS v22.0). Results: Average values for CWIT and TRIIT were similar (p>.05) for VO2, HR and RPE. Energy expenditure was significantly higher during the CWIT compared to the TRIIT protocol, as well as EPOC. BLa- was significantly higher at all post-exercise time points (immediate, 5 min, 10 min and 20 min post-exercise) following the CWIT compared to the TRIIT protocol. Both protocols were considered enjoyable according to the PAES. Conclusions: Performing HIIT prior to CWT elicits higher metabolic perturbation in comparison to the integration of HIIT with mini-circuits. CWIT also required greater energy requirements during and after the protocol compared to TRIIT. This may be useful for fitness trainers when determining how to implement HIIT into a CWT workout.


circuit training, high-intensity exercise, resistance training, energy expenditure, exercise programming

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Degree Name

Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science

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Department Name

Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Len Kravitz

Second Committee Member

Fabiano Amorim

Third Committee Member

Christine Mermier

Fourth Committee Member

Trisha VanDusseldorp