Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education

First Advisor

James E. Lidstone


The effects of a circuit weight training (CWT) program on body composition, muscular endurance, and muscular strength in untrained females were examined. Seventeen untrained female subjects volunteered for either the experimental group (EG) (N=l3) or the control group (CG) (N=4). All subjects were pre and post tested for total body weight (TBW), body density (BD), percent body fat (%BF), lean body weight (LBW), muscular endurance (ME), and muscular strength (MS). The EG participated in a CWT program, lifting a minimum of 40% of a one repetition maximum for 30 seconds (12-15 repetitions) at each station, and resting 40 seconds between stations. Lifts were made at eight stations for 3 circuits, 3 days per week, for 11 weeks. A Student's t test for correlated means and an analysis of variance were computed. The control group showed no significant change from pretest to posttest on any of the six variables measured (TBW, BD, %BF, LBW, ME, MS). The experimental group had no significant change in TBW but had a significant change (p<.05) in BD, %BF, LBW, ME, and MS from pretest to posttest. There was no significant difference in TBW change between groups, but there was a significant difference in change for BD, %BF, LBW, ME, and MS between groups as a result of the CWT program implemented.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Weight lifting
Muscle strength
Body composition



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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