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Purpose: To study the effects of circuit training program on physical fitness in Thai Pre-Cadets.
Methods: Forty male Thai Pre-Cadets from Armed Force Academies Preparatory School, aged range between 17-18 years old, were recruited. They were divided into two groups: the experimental group (n = 20) including circuit training program and control group (n = 20) including the army physical fitness training program. Both groups were trained 3 days per week for 8 weeks. The measurements of general physical characteristics, 2 minute pull-up, 30 second sit-up, 30 second push-up, 50 meter swimming and 1,000 meter run The dependent variables were analyzed using pair t-test and independent t-test. A significance level of 0.05 was considered the statistical significance.
Results: The mean values of pull-up and push-up were significantly higher and resting HR was significantly lower than pre-test (p ≤ .05). And the pull-up, sit-up, push-up 1,000 meter run and resting HR in experimental group were greater than in control group (p ≤ .05) after training.
Conclusion: The circuit training program had positive effects on cardiovascular system, muscle strength, muscle endurance than the Army physical fitness training program. This indicated that the effects of circuit training program on physical fitness of Thai Pre-Cadets can be used as a physical fitness training for Thai Pre-Cadets.
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