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Mood State Changes Accompanying the Crossfit Open™ Competition in Healthy Adults

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 906 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Kennesaw State University, 520 Parliament Garden Way NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA
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Sports 2018, 6(3), 67;
Received: 18 June 2018 / Revised: 11 July 2018 / Accepted: 18 July 2018 / Published: 23 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Research on High Intensity Functional Training)
Background: Specific mood states were examined during the CrossFit Open, a consecutive 5-week fitness competition involving five separate CrossFit® workouts, to determine whether the unique design or strenuous workouts of the competition resulted in acute and/or chronic mood state alterations. Methods: Participants (n = 8) completed the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire one-week prior to the competition (baseline), prior to (PRE), immediately post (IP), 30-min post- (30P) and 60-min post-workout (60P) each week. Tension, depression, anger, confusion, fatigue and vigor were derived from the POMS, as was Total Mood Disturbance (TMD) and an Energy Index (EI). Results: Workout intensity exceeded 93% HRmax each week. No differences were observed between baseline and PRE-workout mood states across weeks, indicating little effect of the unique competition design. Significant (week x time) interactions were observed for TMD (p = 0.037), EI (p = 0.038) and fatigue (p = 0.005). Acute mood state fluctuations were consistent across each week, where mood states improved to and beyond PRE values 60-min post-workout. Conclusions: In competitors, the differences in workout design between each week did not influence mood states. This may be related to adaptation to this style of training, while the acute mood state alterations are likely due to the workout intensity. View Full-Text
Keywords: fatigue; energy; exercise; high-intensity functional training fatigue; energy; exercise; high-intensity functional training
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Box, A.G.; Feito, Y.; Petruzzello, S.J.; Mangine, G.T. Mood State Changes Accompanying the Crossfit Open™ Competition in Healthy Adults. Sports 2018, 6, 67.

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Box, Allyson G., Yuri Feito, Steven J. Petruzzello, and Gerald T. Mangine. 2018. "Mood State Changes Accompanying the Crossfit Open™ Competition in Healthy Adults" Sports 6, no. 3: 67.

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