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Table 1 Major inclusion and exclusion criteria

From: High-intensity exercise to promote accelerated improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness (HI-PACE): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Inclusion criteria
 Age 35–65 years
 Sex Men and women
 Overweight/obese body mass index 25.0–45.0 kg/m2
 Physically inactive Sedentary/low active, not participating in regular aerobic or resistance exercise < 20 min, ≤2 days/week for last 3 months
 African American Self-identify as African American
 Informed consent Willingness and capability to provide written consent and to understand the exclusion criteria
Exclusion criteria
 Diabetes Diagnosed type 1 or type 2 diabetes or fasting glucose ≥126 mg/dL
 Cardiovascular disease or disorders Diagnosed congestive heart failure, serious arrhythmias, peripheral vascular disease with intermittent claudication, previous stroke, or myocardial infarction
 Resting blood pressure Excessively high resting systolic (>180 mmHg) or diastolic (>100 mmHg) blood pressure. Participants taking blood pressure medications at time of recruitment are permitted to enroll.
 Blood lipids Total cholesterol ≥240 mg/dL, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol ≥160 mg/dL, or triglycerides ≥300 mg/dL
 Other exclusionary medical conditions Chronic or reoccurring neuromuscular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, HIV, or psychiatric conditions. Musculoskeletal conditions affecting exercise. Current treatment for mental illness or hospitalization from mental illness within previous 5 years. Autoimmune or collagen vascular diseases. Other medical conditions that are considered life-threatening or that can be provoked from exercise training
 Other exclusion criteria Pregnancy or plans to become pregnant. Currently engaging in or plans to engage in weight loss or dieting program. Addition of medication or dosage (or both) unstable in past 3 months. Previous bariatric surgery or current weight loss medications. Plans to leave the Pitt County (NC) area for more than 2 weeks during the next 6 months. Non-compliance in wearing pedometer or demonstration of high risk for non-compliance/dropout during screening