EFFECTS OF HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL STAIR CLIMBING ON ARMY COMBAT FITNESS SCORES
Adriel Ruiz-Rodriguez, Timothy Leszczak. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.
BACKGROUND: High-intensity interval training (HIIT) stair running serves as a feasible opportunity to increase the overall health and fitness levels of soldiers and aligns with the Army’s priority to improve readiness. Research suggests that stair running has many health and fitness benefits, but Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) research is scarce. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of adding HIIT stair running on ACFT scores for cadets. METHODS: Participants were randomly assigned to an intervention (INT) or control (CON) group. The INT group completed 4 weeks of additional exercise training 3 days/week consisting of HIIT stair running. Data were analyzed using a 2 x 2 ANOVA. RESULTS: After analysis, the results showed no significant interaction effects F (1,11) = 3.468, p=.089; however, there was a significant main effect for time F (1,11) = 9.397, p=.011, but no main effect for group F (1,11) = 1.555, p=.238. CONCLUSIONS: HIIT stair running had no significant interaction effect on ACFT scores as well as no main effect for group; however, a beneficial improvement was observed over time. This can be expected as these individuals were all participating in an exercise program and over time we would expect improvements in the dependent variables.
Ruiz-Rodriguez, A and Leszczak, T
"EFFECTS OF HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL STAIR CLIMBING ON ARMY COMBAT FITNESS SCORES,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 16:
1, Article 307.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol16/iss1/307