AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Analysis of the effect of prusik climbing and indoor rock climbing on heart rates

by Nathali Niedorowski

Institution: University of Wisconsin – La Cross
Year: 2015
Keywords: Indoor rock climbing; Rock climbing; Exercise tests; Exercise – Physiological aspects
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2126901
Full text PDF: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/73402


This study was designed to compare mean heart rate (HR) responses in prusik climbing and indoor rock climbing. Twenty-eight college-aged participants (18-25 yrs.) were randomized into Group 1 (n = 14) and Group 2 (n = 14). Each participant completed a 15-minute walk prior to a 15-minute exercise bout. Group 1 completed an indoor rock climbing exercise bout on day 1 of testing and prusik climbing exercise bout on day 2 of testing. Group 2 completed the exercise bouts in reverse order. During the walk and exercise bouts HR was recorded every 5 seconds and averaged into 5-minute intervals. No interaction (gender x climb x time) was noted for mean HR. Significant interaction (mean HR of walk x mean HR of indoor rock climbing x time) (P < 0.05) and (mean HR of walk X mean HR ofprusik climb x time) (P < 0.05) was found. No significant difference was found in mean HR for the first minute of prusik climbing compared to indoor rock climbing. A significm1t difference was found in mean HR in prusik climbing compared to indoor rock climbing over a 15-minute period (P < 0.05).The ElliptiGO is a hybrid between a bicycle and an elliptical cross-trainer and is meant to be used outdoors. The purposes of this study were to 1) to determine the relative exercise intensity of exercise on the ElliptiGO, and 2) to determine if this intensity fell within ACSM guidelines for improving respiratory fitness. Subjects included 7 male (23.6 � 3.8 years old) and 9 female (23.2 � 1.0) active adults. All subjects completed two exercise tests. Tests included a 30-minute self-selected exercise bout on the ElliptiGO, and a graded maximal exercise test on the treadmill. It was found that heart rate averaged 84% of % maximal HR and VO2 averaged 75% of VO2max during the ElliptiGO workout. Males burned significantly more kcal/min than females (14.5kcal/min vs 11.5kcal/min). Based on these results, exercising at a self-selected intensity on an ElliptiGO provides a moderate intensity workout that meets the current ACSM guidelines for improving aerobic fitness and body composition Advisors/Committee Members: Steffen, Jeffrey.