This study examined the physiological changes resulting from an eight-week training program on a lower body positive pressure treadmill (LBPPT) at three different levels of body weight (BW). Thirty-three healthy college aged students (age: 25 ±7 years) participated in this study. Participants performed a graded exercise test (GXT) and trained in one of three groups with differing percentages of BW. Following the progressive training program, another GXT was performed to assess the effects of training. A one-way ANOVA was used to compare the absolute change among groups from pre-training to post-training. The 100% BW group improved their relative VO2peak when compared to the 50% BW group (p = 0.02). Relative VO2peak for the 75% BW group was not different than either the 100% BW (p = 0.14) or the 50% BW group (p = 0.66). Based on the results, it appears that running at a BW of 75% or less results in no improvement in aerobic capacity when compared to running at 100% BW.
|Commitee:||Becker, James, Cotter, Joshua|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Anti-gravity treadmill, Lower body positive pressure, Running, Treadmill training|
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