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Kineseology workout study underway

January 14, 2016

 

Kerry Waguespack

Staff Reporter | kfw005@ latech.edu

 

Jordan Glenn, assistant professor of kinesiology, is running a study to see if the gender gap in endurance exercising varies when a woman is going through the follicular phase, when follicles in the ovary mature, of her menstrual cycle.

 

The study is a continuation of Glenn’s research he started when he was working at the University of Arkansas. The idea for the research was thought of by Glenn, after conducting his last study on postmenopausal women and their exercise limits. The group conducting the research needed 32 participants for the study, 16 males and 16 females.

 

Each person participating in the study has to work out four times: once to get a baseline, once to learn the exercises and then twice where they will be taking a drink provided by Glenn’s team. “The drink will contain citrulline malate which is an amino acid that helps regulate estrogen,” Glenn said. This will help to make sure that the nitric oxide levels in the subjects bodies are regulated, so that the results are not tampered with in any way.

 

Kimberly Parker, a graduate student in kinesiology, is one of the assistants with the study, she is helping by mixing the supplement drinks for the study. Parker said she is learning how to conduct a study of her own, by being involved in this experiment.

 

Glenn set the requirements for the study is that person must have worked out two days a week for a year, be between the ages of 18 and 29 and not have taken any pre-workout supplements or Creatine, a workout aid, for the last six months. The test varies some in how long it will take to complete between males and females.

 

“A male could finish the entire study in about three weeks; the first two workouts just need a 72 hour break.The supplement trials need to have a one week wash out period between tests.” Glenn said.

 

For females it’s different because they have to do the exercises while they are in the follicular phase of their cycle.

 

“The females in the study can complete the study in about two and half months because the supplement trials have to take part a month apart from each other,” Glenn said.

 

The trials began before the break, Glenn said, and some of the males could finish as early as the next two weeks.

 

“Dr. Glenn is very passionate about his work, which I believe will help draw participants in. He is also teaching graduate and undergraduate students the process of conducting a study through this study,” Parker said.

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