Obesity Surgery

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 882–891 | Cite as

Feasibility and Impacts of Supervised Exercise Training in Subjects with Obesity Awaiting Bariatric Surgery: a Pilot Study

  • A. Baillot
  • W. M. Mampuya
  • E. Comeau
  • A. Méziat-Burdin
  • M. F. Langlois
Clinical Research



To optimize bariatric surgery results, experts recommend regular practice of physical activity. However, no precise recommendations are available for the pre-surgical period. We aimed to evaluate, in this pilot study, the feasibility of a supervised Pre-Surgical Exercise Training (PreSET) and its short-term clinical impacts in subjects awaiting bariatric surgery.


In addition to the usual interdisciplinary lifestyle management, eight women and four men [40.8 (37.6–47.5) years old, BMI = 51.4 (43.8–53.1) kg/m2] underwent the PreSET, which combined both endurance and strength training. They were instructed to perform three physical activity sessions per week during 12 weeks, with at least two sessions per week on site and the possibility to complete missed sessions at home. Before and after the PreSET, anthropometric measures, body composition, physical fitness, quality of life, and physical exercise beliefs were assessed.


The subjects participated in 57.3 % of the total supervised exercise sessions proposed and presented high satisfaction rates. Our program resulted in a significant improvement in weight (p = 0.007), physical fitness (p ≤ 0.05), and quality of life score (p = 0.012) as well as for the emotions, social interactions, and sexual life subscales (p < 0.03). Fear of injury (p = 0.028) and embarrassment during physical activity (p = 0.028) were significantly decreased, whereas no significant change in confidence in athletic ability and in beliefs in exercise benefits were noticed after the program.


PreSET is feasible in subjects awaiting bariatric surgery and, combined with an interdisciplinary management, results in several short-term benefits.


Bariatric surgery Morbid obesity Physical fitness Exercise Quality of life 



The investigators aregrateful to the subjects for their cheerful participation. In addition, we thank the healthprofessional of the clinique medico-chirurgicale du traitement de l’obésité of the CHUS.We appreciate the contribution of Katherine Boisvert-Vigneault, student in SherbrookeUniversity (Canada) and Marine Asselin, student in Orléans University (France) for helpwith the supervised exercise training. Marie-France Langlois is the recipient of careeraward from the Fonds de la recherche Québécois en santé (FRQ-S). The Étienne-LeBelClinical Research Center is an FRQ-S funded research center.

Conflict of interest

The other authors declared no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Baillot
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. M. Mampuya
    • 3
  • E. Comeau
    • 4
  • A. Méziat-Burdin
    • 4
  • M. F. Langlois
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Étienne-LeBel Clinical Research Center of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of EndocrinologyUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  3. 3.Department of Medicine, Division of CardiologyUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  4. 4.Department of Surgery, Division of General SurgeryUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada

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