2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

The Relationship between Upper and Lower Body Strength with Body Composition
Katie Lovegreen* and John Jeskey
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The Relationship of Upper and Lower Body Strengths with Regional Body Composition Katie Lovegreen and John Jeskey Faculty Mentor: Jerry Mayhew The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships of regional body composition with upper and lower body strength. Sixteen college males (age = 18-22 yrs), with no formal weight training, were measured for body composition and a one-repetition maximums in bench and squat. A strong correlation (r = 0.80) between lean mass of the arms and bench press was noted, while no correlation (r = -0.04) was noted for lean mass of the legs and squat. There was a strong correlation (r = 0.81) between bench and squat. The fact that the participants were novice lifters with no formal training could potentially add error to the study. Since a high correlation was found between lean mass of arms and bench press but not for lean mass of legs and squat, it raises question concerning the use of certain regional measurements to determine regional strength.


Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-14
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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