Comparison of the effect of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) on syndrome metabolic factors in menopause obese women with metabolic syndrome

Document Type : Research Paper


1 . Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, Mahabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mahabad, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, Bonab Branch, Islamic Azad University, Bonab, Iran

3 . Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran


The present study conducted to compare the effect of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) with regard to variables associated syndrome metabolic in menopause obese women. In a semi-experimental with pre-test and post-test design, 40 voluntary menopause obese women with metabolic syndrome, randomly assigned into three groups of control, MICT (3 days/wk of 25-30 min aerobic exercise at 40%–65% heart rate reserve(HRR)) and HIIT (3 days/wk of 6-12 × 60 s of high intensity training (85–95% HRR)) + running for 60 s at low intensity (55–60% of HRR )) exercise program for 12 weeks. Before training and after the last training bout body compoeition indices and blood samples of subjects were evaluated. The results showed that both HIIT and MICT groups showed a significant effect on weight, BMI, body Fat percent, waist circumference (WC), WHR, triglycerides, colestrol, LDL-C, HDL-C, fasting blood glucose, insulin and HOMA-IR (p0.05). Moreover, compared to MICT, HIIT demonstrated greater reduction in weight (p=0.003), BMI (p=0.003) body Fat percent (p=0.000), WC (p=0.006), triglycerides (p=0.041), insulin (p=0.022) and HOMA-IR (p=0.012). Taken together, our data suggest that despite of the effectiveness of both training program, compared to MICT, HIIT appears to be the predominant strategy for greater improvements in markers of syndrome metabolic in menopause obese women.


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