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Plowman, Sharon A.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Physical Education


Aerobic dancing--Physiological aspects


The purpose of this study was to determine the aerobic and anaerobic effects of two contrasting 8-week programs of aerobic dance training. Fifteen female and 2 male college students volunteered to participate in either a continuous high impact (CHI) group or an interval high impact (IHI) group, both training twice per week. Each subject was measured before and after the conditioning period aerobically by a modified Balke protocol for V̊O₂ max and time on treadmill, and anaerobically by the Wingate test for peak power, mean power, and power decrease. Results showed a significant pre-post increase of 9.24% in V̊O₂ max in the IHI group (p̲<.05). The CHI group decreased 1.15% in V̊O₂ max after training. Treadmill time increased significantly in both the CHI and IHI groups (p̲<.05), achieving improvements of 14.75 and 13.40%, respectively. At randomly selected workloads (minutes 8 and 10), V̊O₂ values decreased from pretest to posttest (p̲<.05), indicating an improvement in running economy in the CHI group. No changes were seen in peak power or mean power in either group from pretest to posttest, but the IHI group showed a significant decline in power decrease (p̲<.05). It was concluded that interval aerobic dance training elicited both greater and different changes in aerobic and anaerobic fitness than continuous aerobic dance training.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 17-19)


vii, 55 pages




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