Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Second Advisor

Dr. Debra Berkey

Third Advisor

Dr. Mary Dawson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of the study was to find how two different resistance training programs would contribute to each subject's overall fitness level. Fifty-five subjects were tested to determine their 1RM and the maximum number of repetitions performed at 60% of 1RM. Subjects were then divided into three training groups: control (N=19) , strength (N=20) , and endurance (N=16). The strength group performed three sets of five repetitions each and two sets of three repetitions. The endurance group performed three sets of 15 repetitions. At the completion of the six week training programs, the subjects were retested. A significant difference was found between training programs for changes in strength and in endurance (p < .05) . There was no significant difference in the amount of strength gained based on experience level or initial strength level. Also, there was no significant difference in the initial endurance level regarding initial strength level.