Effectiveness Of A 16-week High-Intensity Cardio-Resistance Training (HICRT) Program In Adults: 3044 Board #109 June 3, 2

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High-intensity exercise is gaining popularity in the public sector; empirical research on the efficacy of these types of activities is emerging.
PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy of a novel, 16-wk training program on measures of aerobic fitness, agility, aerobic power, muscular endurance, lower body explosive power, & self-reported activity level.
METHODS: The intervention group (N=129; 63 f, 24.65±5.55 yrs) had a baseline VO2max of 39.83±9.13. These individuals participated in 26, 70-min exercise sessions, & 4 fitness testing sessions over the course of 16 wks. Participants were matched with a non-exercise control group, paired by sex, age, & baseline VO2max. The control group (N = 129, 63 f, 24.26±5.59 yrs) had a baseline VO2max of 39.86±8.59 & completed pre & post VO2max testing only.
RESULTS: Participants in the fitness intervention group significantly increased their VO2max (2.72±0.31, Mdiff±SE; p<.001) & reported being more physically active (0.42±0.11, Mdiff±SE; p<.001) after the 16-wk intervention. Participants in the control group showed no significant pre-post changes. Participants in the fitness intervention showed a significant improvement in 3 of 5 components of the fitness field tests. Specifically, significant improvements were observed for the 1-min rower test (5.32±0.505, Mdiff±SE; p<.001), the 1-min push-up test (8.168±.709, Mdiff±SE; p<.001), & the 1.5-mile run test (1.79±0.169, Mdiff±SE; p<.001). No significant improvements were observed for the shuttle run (p=.173) or standing long jump (p=.137).
CONCLUSIONS: These findings demonstrate the efficacy of a novel, HICRT intervention across multiple dimensions of fitness for young & middle aged adults.
The research is based upon work supported by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), via Contract 2014-;13121700004 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of the ODNI, IARPA, or the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright annotation thereon.
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