The Effects of Gymnastics and Whole Body Vibration Exercises on Body Composition
Nurcan Demirel, Gül Tiryaki Sönmez, Hüseyin Eroğlu, Şerife Vatansever

The purpose of this study was to comparatively analyze the effects of 6 weeks of gymnastics and whole body vibration exercises on body composition. Twenty twomale subjects participated in this research (Age average 21.4 ± 2.4 and height average1.75 ± 5.6 cm).Participants were randomlyassigned to three groups;Gymnastics and Whole-body Vibration Exercise Group (GWBVEG, n=7), Gymnastics ExerciseGroup (GEG, n=8) and Control Group (CG, n=7).Body composition were measured before and after 6 week-exercise period.For data analyses Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test was used in order to look at the differences among the dependant groups and Mann Whitney Utest was used in order to to look at the differences among the independant groups.When the groups’ post-tests forbody composition values were compared, it was observed that the improvement of body composition (Impedance (IMP) values of the GWBVEG group was significantly higher than the one for GEG and CG groups(p>0.05). As a result, it is suggested that the whole-body vibration in gymnastics can be considered as an important criteria for the improvement of body composition.

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