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Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2014 Nov;39(11):1305-13. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0070. Epub 2014 Jul 23.

Resveratrol supplementation does not augment performance adaptations or fibre-type-specific responses to high-intensity interval training in humans.

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a School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada.


The present study examined the effect of concurrent exercise training and daily resveratrol (RSV) supplementation (150 mg) on training-induced adaptations following low-dose high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Sixteen recreationally active (∼22 years, ∼51 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1)) men were randomly assigned in a double-blind fashion to either the RSV or placebo group with both groups performing 4 weeks of HIIT 3 days per week. Before and after training, participants had a resting muscle biopsy taken, completed a peak oxygen uptake test, a Wingate test, and a submaximal exercise test. A main effect of training (p < 0.05) and interaction effect (p < 0.05) on peak aerobic power was observed; post hoc pairwise comparisons revealed that a significant (p < 0.05) increase occurred in the placebo group only. Main effects of training (p < 0.05) were observed for both peak oxygen uptake (placebo - pretraining: 51.3 ± 1.8, post-training: 54.5 ± 1.5 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1), effect size (ES) = 0.93; RSV - pretraining: 49.6 ± 2.2, post-training: 52.3 ± 2.5 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1), ES = 0.50) and Wingate peak power (placebo: pretraining: 747 ± 39, post-training: 809 ± 31 W, ES = 0.84; RSV - pretraining: 679 ± 39, post-training: 691 ± 43 W, ES = 0.12). Fibre-type distribution was unchanged, while a main effect of training (p < 0.05) was observed for succinate dehydrogenase activity and glycogen content, but not α-glycerophosphate dehydrogenase activity or intramuscular lipids in type I and IIA fibres. The fold change in PGC-1α, SIRT1, and SOD2 gene expression following training was significantly (p < 0.05) lower in the RSV group than placebo. These results suggest that concurrent exercise training and RSV supplementation may alter the normal training response induced by low-volume HIIT.


PGC-1α; anaerobic exercise capacity; antioxidant; antioxydant; capacité d’effort anaérobie; capacité oxydative/glycolytique; entraînement par intervalle d’intensité élevée (HIIT); high-intensity interval training (HIIT); muscle squelettique; oxidative/glycolytic capacity; resveratrol; resvératrol; skeletal muscle

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