Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Dawson

Third Advisor

Dr. Debra Berkey

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to identify whether Nautilus Circuit Training effected maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) levels of novice weight trainers. Fourteen college age male and female subjects (18-23 years old) from physical education classes at Western Michigan University participated in a six week Nautilus Training Program (NTP). Each subject performed a pre and post maximal treadmill graded exercise test to determine VO2max levels. A randomized block ANOVA design was used to analyze the dependent variable, VO2max. The mean of the pre-test VO2max level (42.83 ml x O2/kg/min) was found to be significantly higher than the mean of the post-test VO2max level (38.33 ml x O2/kg/min) at p <.05. It was concluded in this study that novice weight trainers who performed a NTP for six weeks, without a supplemental aerobic training program, experienced a decrease in aerobic capacity (VO2max).