Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Renee Mabey


Muscles -- physiology; Weight Lifting


The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a difference in strength training outcomes between the progressive resistive program and the regressive resistive program. The subjects consisted of 14 students at the University of North Dakota. They were randomly assigned to either the progressive or regressive group and performed their respective training two times per week for five weeks. Each subject was tested prior to beginning the program and after finishing the program. These pretest and posttest values were compared to determine strength gains. A paired samples t-test was used to determine that each group had significant strength gains; however, the analysis of covariance (ANCQV A) statistical test showed no significant difference between groups in producing strength gains. The author described limitations of the study and stated that with a greater number of subjects and increased training time, the results may have been more significant.