Psychophysiological responses to group exercise training sessions: Does exercise intensity matter? Article

Vandoni, M, Codrons, E, Marin, L et al. (2016). Psychophysiological responses to group exercise training sessions: Does exercise intensity matter? . 11(8), 10.1371/journal.pone.0149997

cited authors

  • Vandoni, M; Codrons, E; Marin, L; Correale, L; Bigliassi, M; Buzzachera, CF

fiu authors

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.

publication date

  • August 1, 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

volume

  • 11

issue

  • 8