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Australian study shows High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) may give many health benefits


Mar 21 2015

Cartoon of two victorian gentlemen boxing

Image from The Science of Defense: A Treatise on Sparring and Wrestling, 1867

Australian study shows High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) may give many health benefits


A study comparing boxing training to brisk walking resulted in marked health outcome differences.


The scientific study aimed to determine “the feasibility and effectiveness of high-intensity boxing training versus moderate-intensity brisk walking in adults with abdominal obesity”.


Although the test was only undertaken on a small study group, conclusions were drawn that show high-intensity training may be much more beneficial than moderate-intensity training regimes.


In the tests, the group following the boxing routine showed significant improvements in the following areas:

  • improved body fat percentage

  • a lowering in systolic blood pressure

  • improved augmentation index (a measure of vascular stiffness)

  • improved absolute VO2 (Oxygen uptake measure of aerobic fitness)

  • increased physical functioning, and vitality


Whereas, the walking group showed no improved clinical outcomes and actually recorded a lower level of vitality at the end of the twelve week research program.


Also, contrary to what may intuitively be expected, the high-intensity group saw a lower attrition rate than the medium-intensity group.


The research was authored  by Birinder S Cheema, and was undertaken by research institutes in New South Wales and South Australia.  The research was published by the peer-reviewed journal, BMC Sports Science, Medical and Rehabilitation on 16th January 2015.