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The Influence of Aerobic Fitness on Heart Rate Responses of Custody Assistant Recruits during Circuit Training Sessions

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Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92835, USA
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School of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
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Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Robina, QLD 4229, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8177; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218177
Received: 19 October 2020 / Revised: 3 November 2020 / Accepted: 4 November 2020 / Published: 5 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Testing and Physical Conditioning for Tactical Populations)
This study captured heart rate (HR) responses of custody assistant (CA) recruits undertaking circuit training sessions. Data from 10 male and 12 female CA recruits were analyzed. Based on YMCA step test recovery HR, recruits were divided into higher fitness (HF; top 25%), lower fitness (LF; bottom 25%), and moderate fitness (MF; remaining recruits) groups. HR was measured during two circuit training sessions featuring calisthenics and running. HR zones were defined as: very light (<57% of age-predicted maximum heart-rate [HRmax]); light (57–63% HRmax); moderate (64–76% HRmax); vigorous (77–95% HRmax); and very vigorous (>95% HRmax). A one-way ANOVA, with Bonferroni post hoc, calculated between-group differences in time spent, and percentage of total time, in the HR zones. In session one, the LF group spent less time in the light training zone compared to the MF group, and more time in the very vigorous zone compared to the HF group (p = 0.027–0.047). In session two, the LF group spent more time in the moderate zone compared to both groups, and a greater percentage of time in the very vigorous zone compared to the MF group (p = 0.002–0.004). LF recruits generally worked harder during circuit training than their fitter counterparts, which supported recommendations for ability-based modifications. View Full-Text
Keywords: academy; aerobic fitness; correctional; law enforcement; police; tactical; training intensity; YMCA step test academy; aerobic fitness; correctional; law enforcement; police; tactical; training intensity; YMCA step test
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Moreno, M.R.; Rodas, K.A.; Bloodgood, A.M.; Dawes, J.J.; Dulla, J.M.; Orr, R.M.; Lockie, R.G. The Influence of Aerobic Fitness on Heart Rate Responses of Custody Assistant Recruits during Circuit Training Sessions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8177. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218177

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Moreno MR, Rodas KA, Bloodgood AM, Dawes JJ, Dulla JM, Orr RM, Lockie RG. The Influence of Aerobic Fitness on Heart Rate Responses of Custody Assistant Recruits during Circuit Training Sessions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8177. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218177

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Moreno, Matthew R.; Rodas, Karly A.; Bloodgood, Ashley M.; Dawes, J. J.; Dulla, Joseph M.; Orr, Robin M.; Lockie, Robert G. 2020. "The Influence of Aerobic Fitness on Heart Rate Responses of Custody Assistant Recruits during Circuit Training Sessions" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 8177. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218177

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