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Ball, Thomas E.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Physical Education


Women college students--Health and hygiene; Physical fitness for women--Testing


The purpose of this study was to predict maximum bench press strength in college age women from the use of absolute muscular endurance tests. Subjects were 84 untrained to moderately weight-trained females ranging from 18 to 25 years of age. Within 72 hours, each subject performed (a) a one- repetition maximum bench press with free weights, (b) the YMCA absolute muscular endurance test using 35 lb, and (c) a modified YMCA absolute muscular endurance test using 45 lb. Care was taken to maintain proper form and technique for each exercise. Results of a multiple regression analysis revealed that bench press absolute endurance plus body weight was more effective for predicting bench press strength (66% of the variance accounted for: SEE = 7.22 lb, using 35 lb; and 72% of the variance accounted for: SEE = 6.50 lb, using 45 lb) than absolute endurance alone (62% and 67%: SEE = 7.36 and 6.92 lb for 35 and 45 lbs, respectively). Cross-validation (n = 19) of the prediction equations using the bench press absolute endurance tests of 35 and 45 lb accounted for 67% and 66% of the variance between the measured and predicted bench press strength (SEE = 6.42 and 6.59 lb). The results of this study suggest that bench press absolute endurance combined with body weight can effectively predict maximal bench press strength in untrained to moderately weight-trained women and may be used as an alternative to the one-repetition maximum bench press test in the assessment of strength.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 16-17)


vi, 26 pages




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