Task Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Exercise Training with Small Compact Exercise Equipment (Completed)
Last Published:  07/29/22 01:33:24 PM (Central)
Short Title: Exercise Training on Compact Equipment
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
Collaborating Org(s):
National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)
Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
Procurement Mechanism(s):

This proposal aims to validate in an analog setting a small compact exercise device for the

protection of cardiovascular, muscle, and bone health. This study leverages both currently funded

NSRBRI and NASA work to bring together for the first time, a promising new exercise device and

exercise prescription thus placing this study at a high countermeasure readiness level (moving

from 6-7). More specifically, the NSBRI funded M-MED device uses a flywheel to provide loading for

either high force-low repetition resistance exercise or low force-high repetition, endurance exercise

(rowing). Recent data support M-MED training effectiveness in both ambulatory subjects and over

10 days of muscle unloading using unilateral lower limb suspension model. Accordingly, a new

NASA funded exercise prescription study integrating resistance and aerobic training (iRAT) has

been effective in the preservation of muscle and cardiovascular function over 14 days of bedrest,

but requires the use of 5 different exercise machines. This proposal will combine the M-MED

exercise device and the iRAT exercise prescription into a 70 day bedrest study. Outcome

measurements related to cardiovascular, muscle and bone health will be obtained and integrated to

assess countermeasure effectiveness.

Integration/Unique Aspects: Task to start 10/1/2012.