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High Intensity Interval Training for the COPD population

Lori Sherlock, Ed.D, MS, ATRIC, AEA Fitness Specialist, CSCS

September 15, 2015



Can you have someone with COPD perfom high intensity interval training (HIIT)?  What does the literature state?  


A lot of people would think HIIT would be a really bad idea for somebody with COPD.  They cannot breathe very well, so let's make him breathe really hard.  Let’s make them work really hard.  However, what has been found is that the functional deficits associated with dyspnea, deconditioning, and reduced health-related quality of life was improved after performing High-Intensity Interval Training.  Improved walking endurance, overall activity, quality-of-life, VO2, muscular function were found when using a ratio of four to three and a HR of 80% to 100%.  

lori sherlock

Lori Sherlock, Ed.D, MS, ATRIC, AEA Fitness Specialist, CSCS

Lori Sherlock is a long-time supporter and educator in the field of aquatics.  She has been involved with various elements of the aquatic industry since the late 90’s including therapy and rehab, exercise and personal training, in addition to management and pool operation.  As an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine within the Division of Exercise Physiology at West Virginia University, Dr. Sherlock has the opportunity to educate and train students through the Aquatic Therapy Emphasis.  Her extensive training in the field along with her ample certifications allows for the Aquatic Emphasis to cover the continuum of care within both the exercise and rehab settings while including pool operator certification and managerial guidelines.  Mrs. Sherlock has been involved with the Aquatic Exercise Association, Arthritis Foundation, Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, as well as the National Swimming Pool Foundation for a number of years as a contributing speaker, author, and researcher. 

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