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Title translated into German:Die Häufigkeit des Einsatzes von Nahrungsergänzungspräparaten zur Gewichtzunahme bei in Fitnessstudios trainierenden Sportlern
Author:Jankauskienė, Rasa; Kairaitis, Ramutis
Published in:Sporto mokslas
Published:2009, 3=57, S. 62-68, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Electronic resource (online) Print resource
ISSN:1392-1401, 2424-3949
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Identification number:PU201004003528


Fitness centres, muscle magazines, and Internet sites gain their profit by aggressively selling weight gain supplements to an exercising population. The aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of weight gain supplements in fitness centres members, and to examine it’s compatibility with the exercising goals and actual exercise programmes. Methods: We distributed anonymuous questionnaires to 244 clients (74 (30.3%) women) entering fitness centres, asking about use of weight gain supplements. Mean age of the sample 28.78 (9.6) years. Results: The main actual aim of the studied exercise programmes (after evaluation of main components of exercise loadings) was muscle mass gain, despite the fact that only the least part of the sample reported it as an exercise aim. Every second respondent used at least one supplement for a weight gain. The most common was use of weight gainers. 15.1% of users reported use of more than two supplements at once. The group which reported muscle gain as a main exercise motive was more linked to report higher prevalence of weight gain supplements, but there was no significant relationship between supplement use and actual exercise programme. Every second participant reported the conviction that nonvitamin and nonmineral supplements must accompany exercising. Majority of the sample reported that instructor was the one to create opinion that supplements must be used, and instructor was reported as the main source of the information about the use of supplements. Even 43.6% of the sample reported that supplements they had used did not provided any expected outcome or reported uncertainty about it. Conclusions: The use of weight gain supplements is common among fitness centres exercisers, but its consistence with the aims of exercising and actual exercise programmes is questionable. The results emphasize the tremendous need to spread information about demand and effect of weight gain supplements. Verf.-Referat