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Master of Science (MS)


Education, Health & Behavior Studies


The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of two different methods of administering conditioning exercises. The two methods studied were the circuit training method and the calisthenic method.

The subjects selected for this study were thirty-nine fourth, fifth, and sixth grade boys from the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The thirty-nine subjects were equated into three groups with thirteen in each group. The three groups were the circuit training group, the calisthenic group, and the control group. The circuit training group and the calisthenic group participated in their respective exercise programs for a period of seven weeks. The control group took part in nothing more than unrelated activities during the time of the study.

At the beginning of the experimental period each group was tested for fitness with the Grand Forks Fitness Test. The test was again administered to all three groups at the end of the experimental period.

Comparisons were made between the mean differences within each group on each test item as indicated by the pre-test and the re-test. The null hypothesis was assumed with respect to the differences within groups. This hypothesis was tested with the "t" technique for the difference between means derived from correlated scores from small samples. Comparisons were also made between the groups by testing the significance of the difference between the mean differences found ■within groups. The between group comparison used the "t" technique for uncorrelated data from small samples.

Based on the results of this study, it seemed apparent that there were some differences on the test items within the groups. However, the treatment of the data with respect to the differences between the groups indicated no significant' differences at the .05 level of significance.