The effects of indoor cycling training in sedentary overweight women

J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2010 Jun;50(2):159-65.


Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the body composition and physiological effects in young sedentary overweight women after an indoor cycle training period.

Methods: Fourteen subjects (22.6+/-2.1 yrs; 25-29.9 BMI) were trained for 12 weeks in a specific indoor cycling protocol (ICP) consisting of three sessions/week carried out in a fitness room. Body composition and physiological parameters were taken before the beginning of the study and after 12, 24 and 36 sessions.

Results: We observed a reduction of 2.6% and 3.2% in body weight and of 4.3% and 5% in fat mass after 24 and 36 sessions respectively (P<0.05). Lean mass increased by 2.3% and 2.6% respectively after 24 and 36 sessions. Body circumferences diminished in response to ICP. Resting heart rate decreased by 6.5% and 9% respectively after 24 and 36 sessions. After the tenth week, we found a reduction of 11 beats.min-1 in average training heart rate, an increase of 0.5 mL/kg-1.min-1 in average training oxygen uptake and an increase of 8.6 Watts in average power output. Moreover, an increase in cardio-respiratory fitness was observed (37.1+/-4.3 vs. 40.2+/-4.6 mL/kg-1.min-1) after 36 sessions.

Conclusion: The decrease in body weight, without any restriction on food consumption, and the improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness suggests that ICP may be efficient for losing weight and preventing the increased risk of cardiovascular disease in young overweight women. Indoor cycling can be performed by young sedentary overweight women; however, it is fundamental to formulate training protocols which are intensity and length specific to the fitness level of the participants.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arm / anatomy & histology
  • Bicycling / physiology*
  • Body Fat Distribution
  • Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
  • Female
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Leg / anatomy & histology
  • Overweight / physiopathology
  • Overweight / therapy*
  • Oxygen Consumption / physiology
  • Physical Fitness / physiology
  • Respiratory Physiological Phenomena
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Thorax / anatomy & histology
  • Waist Circumference / physiology
  • Weight Loss / physiology