Presentation Title

Body Composition Changes Throughout 8 Weeks of Exercise

Project Collaborators

"Abby Trombley (Research Assistant)" "Andrea Buck (Research Assistant)" "Danny Mulkerin (Research Assistant)" "Gabe Purin (Research Assistant)" "Jacob Spector (Exercise Consultant/Research Assistant)" "John Bicker (Personal Trainer/Research Assistant)" "Peter Li (Atlas Wearables CEO)"

Abstract

Our understanding of the physiological impacts of exercise continues to progress. As our conceptual frameworks around exercise evolve, it is prudent to revisit previously established concepts with an updated perspective. Our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying lipolysis during acute bouts of exercise lend credence to critically review the phenomena of spot reduction or lack thereof. Spot reduction is the idea that exercises can be programmed in such a way as to create targeted reductions in specific, regional fat stores. In recent years, studies utilizing updated exercise protocols have found more success with spot reduction. The aim of this pilot study is to evaluate if this updated conceptual framework has clinical applications for weight loss and weight management. It was designed to take measurements of body composition before, during, and after the administration of an 8-week exercise protocol via BIA, Skin Fold, and DEXA. Exercise adaptations were evaluated with a VO2 submaximal treadmill test as well as an objective measurement of form during prescribed exercises. Compliance was tracked using the Atlas Multi-Trainer System which provided heart rate measures as well as 3D exercise motion tracking. This study is currently in progress.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Connie Tompkins

Secondary Mentor Name

Susan Kasser

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Program/Major

Exercise Science

Primary Research Category

Health Sciences

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Body Composition Changes Throughout 8 Weeks of Exercise

Our understanding of the physiological impacts of exercise continues to progress. As our conceptual frameworks around exercise evolve, it is prudent to revisit previously established concepts with an updated perspective. Our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying lipolysis during acute bouts of exercise lend credence to critically review the phenomena of spot reduction or lack thereof. Spot reduction is the idea that exercises can be programmed in such a way as to create targeted reductions in specific, regional fat stores. In recent years, studies utilizing updated exercise protocols have found more success with spot reduction. The aim of this pilot study is to evaluate if this updated conceptual framework has clinical applications for weight loss and weight management. It was designed to take measurements of body composition before, during, and after the administration of an 8-week exercise protocol via BIA, Skin Fold, and DEXA. Exercise adaptations were evaluated with a VO2 submaximal treadmill test as well as an objective measurement of form during prescribed exercises. Compliance was tracked using the Atlas Multi-Trainer System which provided heart rate measures as well as 3D exercise motion tracking. This study is currently in progress.