Graduation Date

Spring 2019

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Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Young Kwon

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Taylor Bloedon

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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This study investigated the effect of supramaximal intensities on number of Tabata bouts performed by recreationally trained males. Eleven relatively trained men (mean age = 22.27 ± 1.74 years, height = 1.72 ± 0.07m, mass = 78.74 ± 15.77kg) were assigned the four intensities in a counterbalanced order. Subjects completed a warm up which was then followed by consecutive 20-second bouts of treadmill running with 10 second bouts of rest until fatigue given each intensity (110%,130%,150%,170% of VO2max). Given that ideal number of Tabata bouts is ~8 with an intensity of 170% VO2max, results suggested that intensities ranging between 130% and 150% were optimal. The number of bouts outside this range were found to be too high or too low what is deemed normal. With the knowledge of this information practitioners, should prescribe intensities between 130% and 150% of recreational trained males’ VO2max when using the Tabata protocol. The findings acquired from this study provide a foundation for future studies to examine the use of this type of training with recreational athletes. Additionally, future studies can evaluate these intensities performed using different set speeds or inclines.

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