URI Kinesiology Study to Examine Response to Strength Training in Middle-Aged Women | West

KINGSTON — Middle-aged women in the community who aren’t into bodybuilding but who might be interested in the benefits of resistance training are being sought for a research study from the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Kinesiology .

The study will examine physiological and psychological responses to strength training programs in middle-aged women.

According to Associate Professor Christie Ward-Ritacco, who is leading the study with Associate Professor Disa Hatfield and Professor Deborah Riebe, who is also Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Participants’ physical activity level, body composition, muscle strength and quality, physical function and food intake will be assessed before, during and after the program. They will receive information about their fitness level and answer questions about their quality of life, mood, level of fatigue, exercise self-efficacy, and enjoyment of exercising at different times of the day. program.

“Strength training is equally beneficial for men and women, but the participation rate for women is much lower than for men, especially in middle age,” Ward-Ritacco said. “Part of this study is trying to understand why women in this age group are less likely to engage in bodybuilding, and could one of the modes we use increase someone’s enjoyment for this activity.”

The researchers, along with two graduate students, will compare weightlifting using traditional machines commonly found in the average gym and compare the results to strength training using the Health Fitness Laboratory’s TONAL system. of the URI. They will also examine how people feel before and after each exercise session and determine how resistance training affects how individuals feel in terms of energy and fatigue.

“Everyone knows exercise is good for them, but very few people do it on a regular, long-term basis,” Ward-Ritacco said. “We are trying to understand what the barriers are that prevent people from engaging in resistance training and continuing in this activity. We want to see what levels of physical enjoyment women have using these different types of resistance training equipment. We theorize that increased enjoyment is associated with increased adherence.

Researchers have begun selecting candidates to begin the study within the next two weeks. Potential participants can apply here. Women are qualified to participate if they are between the ages of 40 and 64, can safely participate in physical activity, have not participated in a resistance training program two or more times per week in the past 12 months and are not currently pregnant or planning to do so. become pregnant during the study period. Participants must be female at birth or be medically transitioning for at least one year.

The study will take place over 10 weeks, with participants attending three in-person strength training sessions per week for eight weeks. Pre-training and post-training testing sessions take place in the week before and after the training sessions. Participants will also wear a physical activity monitor on their hip for 7 days during all waking hours at the start, middle and end of the study, and will use a computer program to record food intake on two days. weekday and a weekend day. Participants can earn up to $150 at the end of the study.

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