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PLoS One. 2016 Aug 4;11(8):e0149997. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149997. eCollection 2016.

Psychophysiological Responses to Group Exercise Training Sessions: Does Exercise Intensity Matter?

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1
Department of Public Health, Experimental Medicine & Forensic Science, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
2
Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
3
Department of Physical Education, State University of Parana, Londrina, Brazil.
4
Department of Physical Education, North University of Parana, Londrina, Brazil.

Abstract

Group exercise training programs were introduced as a strategy for improving health and fitness and potentially reducing dropout rates. This study examined the psychophysiological responses to group exercise training sessions. Twenty-seven adults completed two group exercise training sessions of moderate and vigorous exercise intensities in a random and counterbalanced order. The %HRR and the exertional and arousal responses to vigorous session were higher than those during the moderate session (p<0.05). Consequently, the affective responses to vigorous session were less pleasant than those during moderate session (p<0.05). These results suggest that the psychophysiological responses to group exercise training sessions are intensity-dependent. From an adherence perspective, interventionists are encouraged to emphasize group exercise training sessions at a moderate intensity to maximize affective responses and to minimize exertional responses, which in turn may positively affect future exercise behavior.

PMID:
27490493
PMCID:
PMC4973874
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0149997
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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