Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of a selected progressive resistance running program on circulorespiratory efficiency, power, and free running speed of runners. A selected interval training program was employed to an accepted method of training. Forty-five mail, freshmen students at South Dakota State University were divided into two experimental groups and a control group. The subjects in the experimental groups participated in a six-week training program of either resistance running or interval training. All subjects were tested at the beginning of the investigation, immediately following completion of the training program, and again 10 days later. Oxygen debt repaid from a standardized treadmill run, power, and free running speed. The results of the findings indicated that the resistance running program had no significant effect on oxygen debt repaid, power, free running speed, and the elapsed time for the 600-yard run. This was indicated between the groups and within the group. The interval running group made statistically significant improvements when compared to the control group, from pre-test to initial post-test, or oxygen debt repaid, which indicated improvement in circulorespiratory efficiency. The interval running group also make a significant improvement when compared to the control group, from pre-test to final post-test for the 600-yard run. Whithin the interval running group statistically significant improvement was noted from pre-test to initial post-test for the 600-yard run.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical education and training




South Dakota State University