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Brief intense exercise followed by passive recovery modifies the pattern of fuel use in humans during subsequent sustained intermittent exercise.
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PMID:  11437738     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The role of work period duration as the principal factor influencing carbohydrate metabolism during intermittent exercise has been investigated. Fuel oxidation rates and muscle glycogen and free carnitine content were compared between two protocols of sustained intermittent intense exercise with identical treadmill speed and total work duration. In the first experiment subjects (n=6) completed 40 min of intermittent treadmill running involving a work : recovery cycle of 6 : 9 s or 24 : 36 s on separate days. With 24 : 36 s exercise a higher rate of carbohydrate oxidation approached significance (P=0.057), whilst fat oxidation rate was lower (P < or = 0.01) and plasma lactate concentration higher (P < or = 0.01). Muscle glycogen was lower post-exercise with 24 : 36 s (P < or = 0.05). Muscle free carnitine decreased (P < or = 0.05), but there was no difference between protocols. In the second experiment a separate group of subjects (n=5) repeated the intermittent exercise protocols with the addition of a 10-min bout of intense exercise, followed by 43 +/- 5 min passive recovery, prior to sustained (40 min) intermittent exercise. For this experiment the difference in fuel use observed previously between 6 : 9 s and 24 : 36 s was abolished. Carbohydrate and fat oxidation, plasma lactate and muscle glycogen levels were similar in 6 : 9 s and 24 : 36 s. When compared with the first experiment, this result was because of reduced carbohydrate oxidation in 24 : 36 s (P < or = 0.05). There was no difference, and no change, in muscle free carnitine between protocols. A 10-min bout of intense exercise, followed by 43 +/- 5 min of passive recovery, substantially modifies fuel use during subsequent intermittent intense exercise.
M A Christmass; B Dawson; C Goodman; P G Arthur
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta physiologica Scandinavica     Volume:  172     ISSN:  0001-6772     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Physiol. Scand.     Publication Date:  2001 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-04     Completed Date:  2001-08-30     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370362     Medline TA:  Acta Physiol Scand     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  39-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Carbohydrate Metabolism*
Carnitine / metabolism
Exercise / physiology*
Exercise Test
Fats / metabolism
Glycogen / metabolism
Lactic Acid / blood
Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism
Oxygen Consumption
Running / physiology
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fats; 50-21-5/Lactic Acid; 541-15-1/Carnitine; 9005-79-2/Glycogen

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