Training effect

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Training effect refers to specific changes in muscular, cardiovascular, and neurohumoral systems that lead to improvement in functional capacity and strength due to regular endurance or resistance training.[1] It has also been defined as a reaction to the adaptive responses of the body created by a training program[2] or as "an elevation of metabolism produced by exercise".[3]

Kenneth H. Cooper for the United States Air Force discovered this effect in the late 1960s and coined the term.[4]

The measured effects were that muscles of respiration were strengthened, the heart was strengthened, blood pressure was sometimes lowered and the total amount of blood and number of red blood cells increased, making the blood a more efficient carrier of oxygen. VO2 Max was increased.[citation needed]


The exercise necessary can be accomplished by any aerobic exercise in a wide variety of schedules - Cooper found it best to award "points" for each amount of exercise[5] and require 30 points a week to maintain the Training Effect.[citation needed]

Cooper instead recommended a "12-minute test" (the Cooper test) followed by adherence to the appropriate starting-up schedule in his book. As always, he recommends that a physical exam should precede any exercise program. (A newly recognized effect is that of Exercise hypertension, for which there is a medical test.)[citation needed]

The physiological effects of training have received much further study since Cooper's original work. It is now generally considered that effects of exercise on general metabolic rate (post-exercise) are comparatively small and the greatest effect occurs for only a few hours. Though endurance training does increase the VO2 max of many people, there is considerable variation in the degree to which it increases VO2 max between individuals.[6]

Tudor Bompa has classified training effect into three categories: immediate training, delayed, and cumulative.[2]

Training Effect Feature[edit]

Training Effect can also refer to a feature available in a number of health and fitness devices.

As a feature, Training Effect appears in devices from Garmin, Suunto, Jabra, Huawei, Bosch, and appears in Samsung devices as a guidance function. It is licensed by Firstbeat and predicts the physiological impact of physical activity based on the user profile and an analysis of heartbeat data. The analysis produces an estimate of EPOC accumulated during the session, and provides feedback scaled to the users personal fitness levels[7].


  1. ^ Awtry, Eric H.; Balady, Gary J. (2007). "Exercise and Physical Activity". In Topol, Eric J. (3rd ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkin. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7817-7012-5.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Bompa, Tudor O.; Haff, G. Gregory (2009) [1983]. "Basis for Training". Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training (5th ed.). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics. pp. 12–13. ISBN 9780736085472. 
  3. ^ Lee, Buddy (2010). Jump Rope Training (2nd ed.). Human Kinetics. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-7360-8978-4. 
  4. ^ Cooper, K. (1985). The aerobics program for total well-being: Exercise, diet, and emotional balance. Bantam. [page needed][dubious ]
  5. ^ Cooper, Kenneth H. (1981). Aerobics. ISBN 978-0-553-20992-1. [page needed]
  6. ^ Bouchard, Claude; An, Ping; Rice, Treva; Skinner, James S.; Wilmore, Jack H.; Gagnon, Jacques; Pérusse, Louis; Leon, Arthur S.; Rao, D. C. (September 1999). "Familial aggregation of V̇O2max response to exercise training: results from the HERITAGE Family Study". Journal of Applied Physiology. 87 (3): 1003–8. PMID 10484570. 
  7. ^ "Features - Firstbeat". Firstbeat. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 

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