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The Effect of Sprint Training for Reducing Body Fat in Women

Carrasco, Laanna MA, MS, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 4 - p 89–96
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000300
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ABSTRACT OBESITY IS AN INCREASING PROBLEM FOR THE GENERAL POPULATION THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS AND A LOWER QUALITY OF LIFE. INSTEAD OF RELYING ON AEROBIC EXERCISE FOR FAT LOSS, SPRINT INTERVAL TRAINING MAY BE A MORE EFFECTIVE METHOD OF IMPROVING BODY COMPOSITION. THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE THAT WOMEN MAY NOT EXPERIENCE THE SAME ADAPTATIONS TO SPRINTING AS MEN. THIS ARTICLE WILL REVIEW THE INTERVAL TRAINING STUDIES THAT HAVE USED WOMEN AS SUBJECTS AND SUMMARIZE HOW THIS MODE OF EXERCISE IMPACTS BODY FAT. PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS ARE PROVIDED FOR TRAINERS TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS GEARED AT REDUCING BODY FAT IN WOMEN.

Department of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Address correspondence to Laanna Carrasco, laannacarrasco@knights.ucf.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Laanna Carrascois a science writer and received an MS in Applied Physiology from the University of Central Florida.

© 2017 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association