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Table 1 Focus group guide

From: “It was just for us”: qualitative evaluation of an exercise intervention for African-American couples

Both Groups
 1. What do you feel were the greatest strengths of the study? (i.e., What parts of the study should definitely be used in future couples exercise intervention studies?)
 2. What do you feel were the greatest challenges of the study? (i.e., What parts of the study should be changed in future couples exercise intervention studies?)
  • How would you address these challenges/make the changes discussed?
 3. Do you feel the exercise program was culturally relevant?
  • If you do, how so?
  • If not, how would you improve the cultural relevance of the couples exercise program?
 4. Tell me about your experience related to the logistical and administrative aspects of the study. This may include, but is not limited to, parking on campus, completing and submitting walking logs, wearing and syncing the [activity monitoring device], completing questionnaires, etc.
  • How would you change or alter any of the logistical or administrative aspects of the study?
 5. Tell me about your experience with your exercise trainer.
  • Please identify characteristics of your exercise trainer that you enjoyed the most.
  • Please identify characteristics of your exercise trainer that could be improved.
 6. Tell me about your experience working with the study investigators.
  • Please identify characteristics of the investigators that you enjoyed the most.
  • Please identify characteristics of the investigators that could be improved.
 7. How could the study team have provided you with more support during the 12-week active exercise portion of the study?
 8. How could the study team have provided you with more support when you were transitioning to independent exercise immediately after the 12-week active exercise portion of the study?
 9. We now invite you to share any additional study-related thoughts or concerns. This could be related to any aspect of the pilot intervention in which you participated, or future research in couples-based exercise programs.
Exercised Together Group – Gender Separated Breakout Sessions
 10. Tell me about your experience exercising together with your partner during the study.
  • Please comment on how this experience relates to any previous efforts to exercise together with your partner.
 11. Will you share how exercising together during this study affected your relationship with your partner?
 12. Will you share how your relationship with your partner affected your exercise habits prior to your participation in this study?
  • Has it changed at all since participating?
Exercised Separately Group – Gender Separated Breakout Session
 10. Will you share how participating in this exercise study affected your relationship with your partner?
 11. Will you share how your relationship with your partner affected your exercise habits prior to your participation in this study?
  • Has it changed at all since participating?