Exercise monitoring

Intermittent cycle training study

Help us with this study 

The effect of intermittent cycle training time and intensity on aerobic capacity and metabolic health

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is looking for volunteers to help understand the effect of intermittent cycling on aerobic capacity and metabolic health.

What is the purpose of the study?

Regular physical activity is known to improve health; as such public health authorities recommend that we do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. However, most people fail to meet these recommendations and undertake too little exercise to achieve health benefits. “Lack of time” is the most common barrier to exercise participation.

This is where intermittent cycle training (ICT) comes in. ICT uses short intense bursts of activity interspersed with rest periods to reduce the amount of time you need to exercise each week (30 minutes a week rather than 150 minutes a week, as recommended). Despite this considerable time saving, research has shown that ICT is still effective at improving a number of health-related variables, but further research is required to understand how to achieve optimal results.

Who can take part?

You are likely to be eligible for this study if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • Male aged 18-45 or female aged 18-55
  • BMI < 32 kg.m-2 (if you don’t know this we can work it out for you)
  • No known cardiovascular or metabolic disorders
  • Not currently meeting the recommended exercise guidelines (150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week)
  • Not pregnant or breast feeding
  • Not intending to get pregnant during the study

What is required?

If you agree to taking part in this study you will be asked to attend the lab on eight occasions spread over 18 weeks (the longest visit will be no longer than 2.5 hours). During the study you will complete two different ICT interventions split by a period of 4-6 weeks.

Find out more about this study

Contact us

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Katie Hesketh.