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To investigate the short- and long-term effects of concurrent strength and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on octogenarian COPD patients, nine males (age = 84.2 ± 2.8 years, BMI = 29.3 ± 2.3) with low to severe COPD levels (2.1 ± 1.5 BODE index) underwent a supervised 9-week strength and HIIT exercise program. Training had a significant (p < .05) impact on senior fitness test scores (23–45%), 30-m walking speed (from 1.29 ± 0.29–1.62 ± 0.33 m/s), leg and chest press 1RM (38% and 45% respectively), maximal isometric strength (30–35%), and 6-min walking test (from 286.1 ± 107.2–396.2 ± 106.5 m), and tended to increase predicted forced vital capacity by 14% (p = .07). One year after the intervention all training-induced gains returned to their preintervention values except for the chest press 1RM (p <.05). Short-term concurrent strength and HIIT training increases physical fitness in the oldest-old COPD patients, and has potential long-term benefits.

Guadalupe-Grau is with Hospital Virgen del Valle, Complejo Hospitalario de Toledo, Toledo, Spain; and GENUD Toledo Research Group, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain. Aznar-Laín and Castellanos are with PAFS Research Group, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain. Mañas, Alcázar, Ara, and Mata are with GENUD Toledo Research Group, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain. Daimiel and García-García are with Hospital Virgen del Valle, Complejo Hospitalario de Toledo, Toledo, Spain.

Address author correspondence to Amelia Guadalupe Grau at amelia.guadalupe@gmail.com.