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Circulating Adiponectin Concentration and Body Composition Are Altered in Response to High-Intensity Interval Training

Shing, Cecilia M.; Webb, Jessica J.; Driller, Matthew W.; Williams, Andrew D.; Fell, James W.

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: August 2013 - Volume 27 - Issue 8 - p 2213–2218
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31827e1644
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Abstract: Shing, CM, Webb, JJ, Driller, MW, Williams, AD, and Fell, JW. Circulating adiponectin concentration and body composition are altered in response to high-intensity interval training. J Strength Cond Res 27(8): 2213–2218, 2013—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[Combining Dot Above]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[Combining Dot Above]O2peak (p = 0.05), and a decrease in body fat percentage (p = 0.022). Mean 4-minute power output, V[Combining Dot Above]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.

1Sport Performance Optimization Research Team, School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia

2Performance Recovery, Australian Institute of Sport, Belconnen, Australia

Address correspondence to Dr. Cecilia Shing,

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