Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2014

Degree Type



Exercise Science

Director of Thesis

Teresa Moore

First Reader

Stephen Chen


Oftentimes college students can be seen going to the gym with simply no direction in exercise or nutrition. They go through the motions of exercising, but have no real understanding of what they are doing. These students may see some progress, but plateau early and find it discouraging to continue to workout. The goal of this project was to create a personal diet and exercise program that could be used by the average college student to improve their physical fitness levels. The exercise program attempts to improve body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. This is done using a combination of aerobic training, resistance training, flexibility training and a specific diet program. The dietary program followed the recommended proportions of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Baseline testing was performed to determine current levels of fitness. A daily food diary, exercise logs and a daily journal were meticulously recorded throughout the 10-week program. Post-program testing will provide the effectiveness of the program. The following paper provides background information, the overall methods, results, and interpretation of the results.


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