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Table 3 Identified Themes, Categories, and Sub-Categories by Focus Group (N = 14)

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

Exercised Together (n = 8) Exercised Separately (n = 6)
Theme 1: Value & Benefits of Intervention Participation
Study Support Study Support
 • Accountability & structure  • Accountability & structure
 • Encouragement to start a fitness program  • Encouragement to start a fitness program
 • Study staff  • Study staff
Partner Interaction Partner Interaction
 • Closer relationship  • Closer relationship
 • Shared experience with significant other  • Shared experience with significant other
 • Competition Health Benefits
Health Benefits  • Health awareness & appreciation
 • Health awareness & appreciation  • Health outcomes
 • Health outcomes Cultural Relevance
 • Nutrition awareness  • AA trainers
Cultural Relevance  • Music
 • AA trainers  • Prompted exercise discussions in the AA community
 • Music  
 • Prompted exercise discussions in the AA community
 • AA principal investigator
Neighborhood/Community Awareness
Self-efficacy
Theme 2: Difficulties with Intervention Participation
Study Logistics Study Logistics
 • Device issues  • Device issues
 • Walking logs  • Walking logs
 • Facility Personal Barriers
Personal Barriers  • Physical challenges
 • Physical challenges  • Self-motivation to attend trainings
Training consistency
Theme 3: Suggestions to Improve the Intervention
Programming Programming
 • Flexibility training  • Flexibility training
 • Longer program duration  • Longer program duration
 • Education  • Education
Enhanced Transition Support  • Study results to participants
Exercise Promotion in the AA Community  • Investigator check-in on workouts
 • Local community engagement Enhanced Transition Support
 • Future recruitment  
  1. AA African-American