Do you know the value of doing interval training? Do you do intervals on a spinning bicycle in the gym class where one should use earplugs to protect sensitive ears from the extremely loud music together with the screaming motivational instructor at the popular spinning classes? Another question: Does interval training burn three times the calories as non interval cardio exercise? Well, lots of questions are asked and may be answered at the Colorado Medical and Sports Research Center in Denver. Neil Wolkodoff, PhD heads up a program that prepares to do a critical study on a fancy piece of equipment to help the regular exerciser answer questions and choose what may be best for the body workout.
A newly designed piece of equipment is now being tested at a research facility to help answer the questions. This new piece of equipment is called “the Cross Rower/CR2” which is like a treadmill, elliptical recumbent bike, and spinning bike all in one! Can you imagine this? The study is being conducted to try to help the habitual exerciser choose what is best for improved fitness and perhaps good weight loss, if necessary, as well as, of course, weight control.
The Journal for Fitness Research may publish the results of this study using this fancy equipment: The Cross Rower/CR2. Those who are smart to read this journal may learn the results of this interval study, people who are keen to learn about the current fitness trends, people like marathoners and such may like to pay attention to this Journal for Fitness Research.
Guess who the participants are? Six moderate to good fitness level and regular exercises with no medical limitations have been chosen, and the males outnumber females by 2, while the age group varies between 30-67 year olds. The research tests to be performed on each participant seem scientific and each exerciser must wear an Oxycon Mobile assessment device to allow for complete metabolic measurement.
First, the participant gets familiar with the CR2 Cross Rower machine before the tests really begin. Then random trials begin testing cardio training and anaerobic pace workout with a push/pull of upper body workout, and other fitness tests will be performed to tabulate results on popular ideas for fitness such as the caloric burn of interval training compared with cardio training. For example, CrossFit or OrangeTheory principles will be tested, compared, and contrasted with this amazing physical fitness study.
Many questions will be examined:
–At the same “Rate of Perceived Exertion” are cardio workouts just as effective no matter what the equipment? In other words, does the elliptical equal the treadmill in self-paced workouts?
• Do people burn as many kcal in exercise as they think they do?
• Do workouts done at a self-paced rate of perceived exertion meet
Amercian College of Sports Medicine guidelines for appropiate
intensity to increase cardio-respiratory fitness?
• Does adding upper body motion, such as with the CR2 pull-push
motion, enhance caloric output per unit of time?
• What does the research say about how long interval training keeps
metabolic rate elevated? How did this compare with our research?
• Is one interval program significantly better than another in energy
expenditure per unit of time?
• What wins the energy expenditure battle? Cardio? Anaerobic Pace?
All in all this study may help the person who wants a good work out to choose which machine is best for an individual’s time and likes for a particular workout session. Thank you go to Neil Wolkodoff, PhD and the Colorado Medical and Sports Research Center for raising my awareness of this research study. Please stay tuned for further updates.