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Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Kinesiology
Purpose: The present study compared the effect of a 12-week run-sprint interval training (R-SIT) and moderate intensity training (MIT) on perceived enjoyment and exercise adherence in sedentary, overweight/obese women (n=15; age 25-45). Methods: Over 12-weeks, subjects in the R-SIT group progressed from 4 to 10 thirty second sprints each session, and the MIT group progressed from 30 to 60 minutes of continuous moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise. PACES, session RPE, intentions to modify activity behavior, attendance, VO2max, and body fat percentage were recorded in both groups. Results: There was a significant difference in session RPE between groups, and within the R-SIT group from baseline to 12-weeks. Body composition and VO2max both improved significantly. Discussion: Primary findings were that there were no significant differences in perceived enjoyment or session attendance. High session RPE was not associated with lower enjoyment or lower adherence. Secondary findings showed significant improvements in VO2max for both groups, as well as significant improvements in body composition in the R-SIT group
Wenos, Taylor K., "Run sprint interval training perceived as highly enjoyable despite high session RPE in sedentary, overweight/obese women" (2014). Masters Theses. 363.