Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Health and Sport Sciences

Committee Chair

Jacks, Dean Edward

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Swank, Ann

Author's Keywords

Short-term; Resistance training; High-force; Maximal aerobic output; Time to fatigue; High intensity exercise


Exercise--Physiological aspects; Physical fitness


The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of short-term high-intensity resistance training on time to exhaustion at maximal aerobic output. It was hypothesized that 2 weeks of training will induce improvements in performance at maximal aerobic output. Eighteen subjects participated in this study. Subjects were assigned to a control (n=8) or resistance training (n=10) groups. The resistance training group participated in 5 sessions of strength training over a period of 2 weeks on the leg press device. Both groups participated in pre and post intervention testing. After the intervention strength in the training group significantly increased (p=.00). Time to fatigue at maximal aerobic exercise did not significantly change between groups. There was a time improvement of 38.96% in the women of the training group, whereas men decreased their times to fatigue. The main finding of this study was that men and women reacted differently to short-term strength training, and to time to fatigue at maximal aerobic output. Clearly there is a need for more research this study cannot conclude which factor is a predicator of time to fatigue.