The physiological and mechanical demands of aerobics, indoor cycling, and netball in recreationally active females

VICTORIA MCIVER, MATT GREIG, KELLY MARRIN

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Abstract Background Group-based exercise is a popular method of improving fitness. However, limited research exists on the mul- tidisciplinary responses to group-based exercise. Aims The aim of this study was to compare the physiological and mechanical demands of aerobics, indoor group cycling, and netball. Methods Fourteen recreationally active females (age 20 ± 2 years, body height 1.65 ± 0.09 m, body mass 65.9 ± 11.8 kg, body fat 26.3 ± 7.2%) participated in three experimental trials (aerobics, indoor cycling, netball) in a randomised order with 1 week intervening. Heart rate, blood lactate, RPE and PlayerLoadTM were measured. Results A repeated-measures ANOVA revealed mean and peak heart rate (beats·min−1) were lower (P < 0.05) for aerobics (130 ± 114; 176 ± 18) than indoor cycling (150 ± 9; 191 ± 9) and netball (144 ± 11; 195 ± 6), respectively. Blood lactate (mmol·L−1) was higher (P < 0.001) after indoor cycling (5.6 ± 2.6) compared to aerobics (2.2 ± 1.4) and netball (2.5 ± 1.1). RPE was not different between trials. PlayerLoadTM (a.u) during indoor cycling (213.9 ± 46.9) was lower (P < 0.05) than netball (358.5 ± 94.5) and aerobics (296.9 ± 99.0). Conclusions Theseresultssuggestindoorcyclingstimulatesgreaterphysiologicaldemands,whilstnetballandaerobicselicit a higher PlayerLoadTM corresponding to higher mechanical demands. These findings may have implications for exercise prescription in recreationally active females.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberVol 15, Issue 3
Pages (from-to)535-541
Number of pages7
JournalSport Sciences for Health
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date9 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • aerobics
  • indoor cycling
  • netball
  • physiological demands
  • PlayerLoad

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