2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Relationship of BMI to Cardiovascular and Endurance Performance in College Men and Women
Jamie M. Pohlman
Ms. Elizabeth Jorn and Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of BMI to muscular strength (MS) and cardiovascular endurance (CVE) in college men and women. Students (170 M, 298 F) at a small Midwestern university were measured for height, weight, body fat, and BMI. CVE was measured from the time for a one-mile walk and MS was measured using a maximal bench press with free weights. The correlations of BMI with MS and CV were significant in men (r = 0.41 and 0.43, respectively) and women (r = 0.48 and 0.41). Body fat was significantly correlated with CVE in men (r = 0.44) but not MS (r = 0.12). Body fat was significantly correlated with both CVE (r= 0.39) and MS (r = 0.22) in women. This study demonstrated that BMI exerts some influence on both CVE and MS. Body fat may exert some influence on CVE but not MS.

Keywords: Cardiovascular, BMI, muscular strength, body fat, endurance

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 5-5
Location: VH 1000
Time: 9:15

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