EFFECT OF CYCLING SPECIFIC CIRCUIT TRAINING (CSCT) ON PHYSIOLOGICAL VARIABLES IN AMATEUR CYCLISTS – A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL

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Sahil Warang
Pradeep Borkar

Keywords

circuit training, amateur cyclists, power, vo2 max, physiological variables, aerobic and anaerobic, RAST, Queens step test

Abstract

Background: Circuit training (CT) is a popular methodology in fitness and wellness programs, as well as in sports, because its modulation induces physiological benefits. It is an efficient and challenging form of conditioning that develops strength and endurance, both aerobic and anaerobic capacities and coordination in one exercise session which has been shown to effectively develop strength and cardiovascular fitness which are most essential components required for a cyclist to give them an upper edge over other. Hence this study aimed to find the effect of Cycling Specific Circuit Training (CSCT) on selected Physiological Variables in amateur cyclists.


 Objective: To find out the effect of Cycling Specific Circuit Training on Power and VO2 max in Amateur Cyclists.


 Methodology: After designing the study Institutional Ethical Approval was taken. Consent was obtained from all the participants. 52 samples were screened and 40 were selected  based on eligibility criteria , further divided into Group A (experimental group) and Group B (control group). Pre-assessment was done at Week 0. The experimental group received the CSCT program for 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks, receiving total 18 sessions. The control group received regular exercise program for same time duration. 7 were dropped out and Post-assessment was done at week 6.


 Result: Statistical analysis was done using paired and unpaired t test. There was an extremely significant difference between the groups analysis at week 6 for power (p<0.0001) and VO2 max (p<0.0001).


 Conclusion: Cycling Specific Circuit Training Program that incorporates the exercises specific to the physical demands of cyclist incorporated for 6 weeks have shown significant improvement in power and vo2 max of amateur cyclist

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