Body Weight-Based Interval Training in Sedentary Overweight and Obese Adults


About this study

Body-weight based interval training (IT) performed 3 times per week will lead to reductions in abdominal adiposity and reduce overall body fat percentage in overweight and obese sedentary adults more effectively than moderate intensity continuous training (MICT). Body-weight interval training will improve exercise capacity (peak VO2) in overweight/obese adults.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults 18-65 years of age
  • Willing and able to provide informed consent
  • Sedentary, overweight and obese adults (<90 minutes of moderate intensity exercise)
  • BMI 25≤35
  • Able to safely begin an exercise program
  • Have a smartphone, and willing and able to download and use the Fitbit app

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to provide informed consent.
  • Known cardiovascular disease, or uncontrolled hypertension,
  • Diagnosed type 1 or 2 diabetes
  • Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the next 3-4 months
  • Orthopedic injury/limitation or any other contraindications to exercise.
  • Medications that cause weight gain (steroids, HIV-related medications, etc.), or glucose lowering medications

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Amanda Bonikowske, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Jeremy Smith

(507) 255-2831

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