THE EFFECTS OF CROSS-FIT, PILATES AND ZUMBA EXERCISE ON BODY COMPOSITION AND BODY IMAGE OF WOMEN
Aim: The purpose of this study was to investigate body composition and body image of women doing CrossFit, Pilates and Zumba exercises.
Material and Methods: This study was carried out to investigate body composition and body areas satisfaction of women doing CrossFit, Pilates and Zumba exercises, 80 women voluntarily being in an average age of 42.74±8.47 voluntarily participated in the research. The women were grouped into two such as experimental (n=45) and control (n=35). The women in experimental group were applied 30-70min mixed exercises (CrossFit, Plates, Zumba) for 4 days in a week throughout 12 weeks to have target heart rate of 50-60%.
Results: A significant difference was found between body weight and BMI pre-test and post-test values of women who were applied mixed exercise program (CrossFit, Pilates, Zumba). There was a decrease in both body weight and average means of BMI of women. A significant difference was found between body areas satisfaction pre-test and post-test values of women who were applied CrossFit, Pilates, Zumba exercise program. While pre-test value of body areas satisfaction of women who were applied mixed exercise program was determined as 31.68±6.11, its post-test value was 35.68±5.02. It is remarkable that while body weight and BMI of women doing exercises decreased, their body areas satisfaction values increased. It was indicated that the body areas satisfaction of women having weight loss increased. A significant difference was not found between body weight, BMI and body areas satisfaction pre-test and post-test values of women in control group.
Conclusion: It was concluded that there were positive effects on body weight, BMI and body image.
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