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The results of this study carried out by the Laboratory of Exercise Physiology Research Group at Faculty of Sciences for Physical Activity and Sport (INEF) from UPM found that the aerobic exercise interposed in a circuit resistance exercise increases more oxygen consumption and energy expenditure than the conventional circuit training. Besides, the training protocol that burnt the most calories was the protocol that required less effort to the participants, although all protocols had the same duration and intensity.
These results can help design programs with different types of exercises equivalent to the energy expenditure, this will allow us to accurately compare their effects on health results.
Credit; UPM LFE Research Group.
In this way, the Laboratory of Exercise Physiology Research Group (LFE) from UPM has carried out a study to measure the energy expenditure of three different training programs: the first protocol was performed using resistance machines, the second protocol used a very similar strength, but performing exercises of free weight (bars, disks and dumbbells), and lastly a protocol that alternated free weight exercises with cardiovascular exercise. The aim of this work was to determine which protocol burns more kilocalories comparing the sessions of same duration and intensity.
The study results indicate that the combined training program, alternating strength exercises with cardiovascular exercises was the program with greatest energy expenditure and a lesser degree of effort. Thus, the training program that produced the highest total energy expenditure was the one in which participants felt less tired.
Researchers indicate that “these results have a promising practical application in people with overweight and obesity, people who perform exercise with more difficulty and effort and really need to produce higher energy expenditure in order to maximize the loss of body fat”.
Citation: Benito, P.J.; Álvarez-Sánchez, M.; Díaz, V.; Morencos, E.; Peinado, A.B.; Cupeiro, R.; Maffulli, N. (PRONAF Study Group). Cardiovascular Fitness and Energy Expenditure Response during a Combined Aerobic and Circuit Weight Training Protocol. PLOS ONE 11 (11) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164349. NOV 10 2016