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HIIT Improves Cycling Performance and V02 Max

Norwegian researchers have found that  when elite level cyclists…

  1. Reduced their overall training volume by 18%,
  2. Reduced their cycling training volume by 60%, and
  3. Increased their training intensity using HIIT sprints

…their VO2max increased by 10.3% and their cycling time trial performance improved by 14.9%.

Image: Bill Hall

And if that wasn’t amazing enough, the cyclists’ HIIT sprint sessions weren’t even performed on a bike.

Which is great news for all my fellow Canadian cyclists. Winter is coming and cycling gets a little tough with a foot of snow on the ground.

Maybe it’s time for a HIIT workout???


Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.


  1. Dr Tamsin Lewis (@SportieDoc)

    January 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    The study you quote actually used 12 ‘recreationally active’ men and women not elite cyclists!

  2. Drewlose10poundsguy

    December 7, 2011 at 12:29 am

    HIIT is definitely better than cardio mainly because it combines strength training as well as cardio. It’s cool to see that it is having that type of an impact on cycling. Thanks douglas. I’m enjoying reading the site.

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