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C-33 Free Communication/Poster - Acute Exercise - Cardiorespiratory Physiology Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7: 30 AM - 12: 30 PM Room: CC-Hall B

Metabolic Responses to a Battling Rope Protocol Performed in the Seated or Stance Positions

1206 Board #14 May 31 8

00 AM - 9

30 AM

Felder, Dominisha; Mitchell, Hannah 77030; Hogan, Kasey; Kovacs, Reka; Brewer, Wayne 77030

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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 2018 - Volume 50 - Issue 5S - p 278
doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000536000.88408.b2
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PURPOSE:To compare the levels of oxygen consumption (VO2) and heart rate (HR) responses elicited by a treadmill (TM) or bicycle (BK) VO2 max test with a standing or sitting battling rope protocol (BRP) (TM vs. standing BRP) (BK vs. seated BRP). To examine the associations between the peak HR and VO2 responses elicited from the two BRP with their respective VO2 max tests (TM vs. standing BRP) (BK vs. seated BRP).

METHODS: Forty healthy subjects, 24 females and 16 males, mean age 24.83 years, performed either a ramped VO2 max TM or BK test (respiratory exchange ratio > 1.0). At least 3 days later, the subjects who performed the ramped TM test did the standing BRP, and the subjects who performed the ramped BK test did the sitting BRP. Each BRP (standing and sitting) consisted of 15 seconds of double arm swings, followed by 45 seconds of rest for 10 rounds. The highest recorded VO2 and HR values (VO2 peak and HR peak, respectively) were recorded after each round.

RESULTS: Metabolic responses were significantly lower for the BRP in both sitting (VO2 peak and HR peak: p < .001) and standing (VO2 peak and HR peak: p < .001) as compared to the HR max and VO2 max values derived from the BK and TM tests. The BRP produced a VO2 peak that was 71.87% (sitting) and 68.37% (standing) of the subjects’ VO2 max assessed via the BK and TM protocol, respectively. Moderate correlations were found between the VO2 during the seated (r = .61; p =.003) and standing (r=.43; p=.03) BRP and the BK and TM VO2 max tests, respectively. The HR peak elicited by the BRP done in sitting (r = .52; p = .009) and standing (r = .67; p = .001) had a moderate correlation with the HR max derived from the BK and TM tests.

CONCLUSIONS: Both the seated and standing BRPs demonstrated the capacity to produce acute metabolic responses that may enhance aerobic capacity. Battling ropes may be a low cost, accessible option to improve cardiovascular endurance for individuals who cannot stand or move their lower extremities in a rhythmic manner to conduct aerobic exercise.

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