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Indoor cycling has become a popular mode for group exercise classes. Simple observation suggests that it may be a relatively high intensity type of exercise. However, there are few data documenting the range of exercise intensities encountered during group exercise.
This study was designed to evaluate metabolic (VO2, HR) and perceptual (session RPE) responses to indoor cycling.
Twenty females (age = 24.5 +/- 5.8 yr, VO2max = 39.9 +/- 4.5 ml*min-1*kg-1, HRmax = 190 +/- 8 bpm) enrolled in an indoor cycling class, performed 3 exercise tests; a VO2max test and 2 videotaped cycling classes (~60 min duration). The 2 cycling classes had different patterns of exercise presentation, representative of common variations in the choreography of group exercise.
Outcome measures included: average VO2 (75 +/- 11 & 69 +/- 9 %VO2max); peakVO2 (92 +/- 10 & 93 +/- 14 %VO2max), average HR (89 +/- 5 & 83 +/- 6 %HRmax), peakHR (95 +/- 10 & 94 +/- 14% HRmax) and ratings of perceived exertion (session RPE)(7.6 +/- 0.9 & 6.3 +/- 1.2).
The results show that indoor cycling elicits high intensity levels that may be inappropriate for beginning exercisers.
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