Cardiostrong Study Data Collection


A comparison Study Regarding the Impact of Short Duration, High Intensity Exercise using the "10-minute trainer" and Traditional Exercise on Body Composition Changes and Weight Loss in Post-Menoasusal Women

The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of a short duration. high intensity exercise via the "10-minute Trainer" workout program capmared to traditional exercise prescription on weight loss, body composition, and anthropometric measurements of post menopausal women during a 12-week period.

It is hypothesized that shorter duration, higher intensity exercise will impact body composition by decreasing fat tissue and increasing lean muscle mass when compared to traditional exercise. It is also hypothesized that subjects who participate in shorter duration. higher ntensity exercise wil have better outcomes in changes in snthropometric measurements when compared to traditional exercise.

Twenty postmenopausal women who are in good general health with a BMI between 24.9 and 29.9 will be recruited to participate in this study. Participants will be reandomly assighned to either the "10-minute trainer" group or a tradidiotal exercise group. Those in the first group will be instructed to perform one of the 10 minutd trainer DVD programs 5 days per week. The traditional exercise group will be given instructions for a heart rate guided 12 week walking program. All participants will be required to keep an exercise journal.

Body composition will be measured with a DEXA scan before and after the exercise intervention. Anthropometric measurements (Body circumference  measurements) at 5 locations will be done befor, at week 6 and immediately after the exercise programs. Participants will be required to come in to the Human Physiology Lab on three occasions for about one hour each time. Financial compensation will be provied for travel. In addition, All participants will receive the 10-minute trainer 5 CD exercise program at the end of the study.

This study is being conducte by Dr. Ellen Payne, PhD, Marywood University Health and Physical Education Department, and Dr. Joan Grossman, PhD, RD, University of Scranton Exercise Sciensce Department. The Study was funded by the Marywood University/University of Scranton Cooperative Grant Program.

Ellen K. Payne, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, EMT
Ful TIme Faculty

Status: Enrolling

A Comparison of the efficacy of Cardiostrong vs. GatoradeĀ® and Placebo

The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of Cardiostrong sports beverage to both Gatorade® and a placebo on hydration, heart rate, electrolytes and body temperature. The study will require 4 visits to the Human Physiology Lab at Marywood University four times over a two week period. Visit 1 will last about 2 hours.  Visits 2-4 will last about three hours each, for a total time commitment of about 10 hours. The study is expected to begin in September, 2013 and be completed in approximately 4 months.

If you are a recreationally trained cyclist or triathlete who has been training regularly for at least 6 months for at least six hours per week, you may be eligible to participate.  

In order to participate you must:

  • Be between 18 and 45 years of age
  • Not smoke
  • Be free of injury in the last in the past 6 months
  • Not have known heart, metabolic, or immune conditions
  • Not be taking medication that influences your heart rate and rhythm
  • Be able to consume milk, soy, and aspartame

Participants will undergo:

  • Aerobic capacity (VO2max) testing
  • 90 min of cycling in a hot room (86°F)
  • Capillary blood collection with a finger stick for blood metabolite analysis


Subjects in this study will receive extensive exercise testing with professional interpretation of their results at the conclusion of the study. This may help the subjects to optimize their exercise program and prevent overtraining and injuries. Participants will also have the chance to be part of a novel research study that will add to the abundance of knowledge about aerobic fitness testing in the exercise science field.

This study is being conducted by Angela Hillman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Marywood University. The study is funded by Kamath Biosciences LLC., Coralville, IA, 55241.


Amgela Hillman Ph.D., ECP
Full-Time Faculty

Status: Completed