Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education


Health, Physical Education & Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Frye

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Dawson

Third Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to determine if selected anthropometric measures would accurately predict a one-repetition maximum (1RM) for the bench press. Sixty-two college students, 29 males and 33 females, were measured on six selected anthropometric variables and the criterion measure, a 1RM for the bench press. The independent variables were upper arm circumference, chest circumference, wrist circumference, lean body mass, and a 10-repetitions maximum (10RM). Pearson product moment correlations and multiple regression analyses were calculated for all subjects and for each gender. Regression equations involving a number of different combinations of variables were explored. The results indicated the existence of a large standard error of estimate in relation to the explained variance. This limited the situations in which the 1RM prediction equation for the bench press exercise was useful.