Group Studio Cycling; an Effective Intervention to Improve Cardio-Metabolic Health in Overweight Physically Inactive Individuals

Issue: Vol. 4, No. 2

Published by Journal of Fitness Research, August 2015. Volume 4

Tags: Group Exercise , Fitness Centres , High Intensity Training , Body Composition , Lifestyle.

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  1. S.H Faulkener (Corresponding Author)
    School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  2. J.K Pugh
    College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  3. T.M Hood
    School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  4. K Menon
    School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  5. J.A. King
  6. M.A. Nimmo
    School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK & College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK


Introduction: Supervised, laboratory based studies of high intensity interval training (HIIT) is effective at improving health markers in groups at risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Studio cycling, incorporating aerobic and high intensity exercise, may offer a platform for the implementation of HIIT within the wider community.

Methods: Eight, overweight, physically inactive (<1.5 hr·wk-1) but otherwise healthy volunteers completed eight weeks of supervised studio cycling lasting 20-50 minutes 3 times per week. Participants underwent assessment for maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) body composition, blood lipids, glucose tolerance and insulin resistance before and after the intervention.

Results: Adherence to training was >95%. Mean and peak intensity were equivalent to 83% and 97% of HRmax·VO2max increased from 27.1 ± 4.7 mL·kg·min-1 to 30.3 ± 4.3 mL·kg·min-1 (p < 0.0001). Body fat percentage was reduced by 13.6% from 31.8 ± 2.4% to 27.5 ± 4.5% (p < 0.05). Total cholesterol (4.8 ± 1.1 mmol·L-1 to 4.2 ± 1.2 mmol·L-1) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (2.6 ± 0.9 mmol·L-1 to 2.0 ± 1.2 mmol·L-1) were reduced (both p < 0.05). There were no significant differences to glucose tolerance or insulin resistance.

Discussion: Group exercise is effective at improving the cardio-metabolic health in previously physically inactive overweight individuals. Coupled with the high adherence rate, studio cycling offers an effective intervention improving cardiovascular health in physically inactive cohorts. Conclusions: Studio cycling can be implemented as a highly effective high intensity interval training intervention for improving health in overweight, inactive individuals and may promote improved exercise adherence.

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Group Studio Cycling; an Effective Intervention to Improve Cardio-Metabolic Health in Overweight Physically Inactive Individuals

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Journal of Fitness Research Volume 4

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August 2015

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S.H Faulkener (Corresponding Author)
J.K Pugh
T.M Hood
K Menon
J.A. King
M.A. Nimmo

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