Physical strain of two different types of endurance gymnastics

Reer R, Fromme A, Thorwesten L, Eisele R, Simon G, Jerosch J

Research article in edited proceedings (conference)


Purpose: The objective of the present study was to determine the physical load of two different types of endurance gymnastics in order to find out to what extent they are recommendable for untrained or older persons. Materials and Methods: 32 healthy subjects (5 males, 27 females; age: 27.2 ± 5.6 years, height: 173.2 ± 7.0 cm; weight: 62.8 ± 7.4 kg) were randomly divided into two groups of 16 persons. Group 1 performed a 60-min conditioning gymnastics exercise (5-min warm-up, 25-min running and jump­ing phase, 25-min strengthening exercise, 5-min stretching), group 2 a 60-min step-aerobics exercise (10-min warm-up, 40- min exercise-phase, 10-min cool-down and Stretching). Results: Regarding conditioning gymnastics heart rate was 172.9 ± 20.1 bpm and corresponding lactate 4.58 ± 2.15 mmol/1 during running and jumping phase; both values decreased to 119.9 ± 14.5 bpm and 3.38 ± 1.08 mmol/1 during strengthening phase. Refening to step-aerobics heart rate was 156.0 ± 15.6 bpm during exercise phase and decreased to 126.8 ± 18.2 bpm during cool-down phase. Lactate concentrations reached only values of 1.61 ± 0.56 mmol/1. Conclusion: The cardiovascular and metabolic strain of condition­ing gymnastics is relatively high. Therefore, this type of exercise cannot be recommended for untrained and older persons without a medical examination prior to exercise. Step-aerobics, however, is rather suitable for beginners, untrained and older persons.

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Release year: 1996
Language in which the publication is writtenEnglish