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Michael Fillyaw



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The general population is in constant pursuit for sources of motivation to maintain a consistent workout routine. Research demonstrates increased motivation when exercising with a partner but does not investigate any physiological effects. The objective of this study was to investigate changes in heart rate (HR), blood pressure (BP), rate of perceived exertion (RPE) and time in target HR zone when exercising alone compared to exercising with a same-sex partner. The study was conducted in the Physical Therapy lab at the University of New England in Portland, Maine, utilizing an experimental 2x9 repeated measures research design. Forty-one graduate students were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: exercising alone first then with a partner, or exercising with a partner first then alone. Subjects completed an eight-stage protocol on a cycle ergometer for 16 minutes. The outcome measurements HR, BP, RPE, and time in target HR zone were collected at resting, warm-up, each stage of protocol, and cool down. Two-way ANOVA repeated measures with the Bonferroni correction demonstrated no statistical differences in mean HR, BP, and RPE. A t-test demonstrated no statistical difference in mean time in target HR zone between the two conditions.

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partnered exercise, physiological effects, health benefits


Kinesiotherapy | Physical Therapy


This poster was originally displayed at the 2013 Westbrook College of Health Professions Research & Scholarship Symposium.

The Physiological Effects of Exercising Alone Versus with a Partner
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