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Emerging trend of gym practice and its consequence over physical and physiological fitness

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Author(s): PRASENJIT CHAUDHURI | PALLAV SENGUPTA | SAUMYA GANGULY | RUDRA PRASAD HALDAR

Journal: Biology of Exercise
ISSN 1791-325X

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Gym | Physical Fitness | Energy Expenditure | Anaerobic Power | VO2 max | Body Fat | Harvard Step Test

ABSTRACT
In last few decades there have been an alarming trend was observed not only among young individuals but also in every persons regarding gym-practice as most used fitness media. Thus, the present study has been undertaken to evaluate whether regular gym going modulates physical and physiological fitness or not. The investigation was conducted in randomly selected male regular gym goers (mean age22.0) and non - gym - goer college students (mean age 21.3) of Kolkata. A significant difference (p< 0.05) in blood pressure, PFI, energy expenditure and MUAC was found in gym goers. But, in contrast, BMI, BF%, BSA, RHR, anaerobic power, VO2max and thigh and calf circumferences were found to be non - significant. Hence, this study infers a definite positive influence of regular gym going over physical fitness and muscle mass (strength) and also an influence over cardiovascular fitness.
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