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Online ISSN 1827-1812
Della Valle E., Marcantonio R., Farinaro E.
Department of Public Health, University Federico II, Naples, Italy
AIM: The aim of this study was to measure the intensity and energy expenditure in four types of fitness group activities, using the Sensewear Armband portable metabolimeter and to assess the compliance to the American College of Sport Medicine guidelines for exercise testing and prescription for healthy adults.
METHODS: The participants were 40 adults (30 females and 10 males), age=29.4±1.4 yrs (mean±SEM); type of collective fitness exercises evaluated were Pump, Fitboxe, Total Body, Coreographic Step. During every session, intensity and energy expenditure were measured.
RESULTS: The intensity of exercise during pump was 4.07±0.09 metabolic equivalents (METs), with an energy expenditure (EE) of 4.7±0.18 kcal/min; during total body was 5.38±0.1 METs with an EE of 6.17±0.18 kcal/min; during choreographic step was 6.29±0.17 MET with an EE of 7.15±0.22 kcal/min and fitboxe was 6.49±0.18 MET with an EE of 7.52±0.26 kcal/min;
CONCLUSION: all of the measured activities follow the general exercise recommendations, according to ACSM’s guidelines for exercise testing and prescription (9th edition). 3 activities (total body, choreographic step, fitboxe) mainly stimulate the cardiovascular component of the physical fitness while Pump activity stimulates the neuromuscular component.