Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health and Physical Education

First Advisor

Madeline Paternostro Bayles, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert Alman II, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

David Lorenzi, Ed.D.

Fourth Advisor

Mark Sloniger, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to observe and gather information regarding overall athletic performance in two different groups of exercisers. The two groups were CrossFit exercisers (CF) and traditional anaerobic resistance exercisers (TAR). The study is cross-sectional in nature, with various observations being required for data collection. Data was collected via a simple field test including measurement of performance in seven domains of fitness representative of overall athletic performance. The domains of fitness include body composition, flexibility, aerobic capacity, maximum strength, agility, maximum power, and muscular endurance. The sample size includes 19 participants in each group. All subjects are males, for the sake of maintaining a completely homogenous sample. All participants self-reported their volume and type of exercise. They were required to fall within the range of 5-6 days/week of 45-60min. This comes out to 240-300 minutes per week of exercise sessions of moderate-vigorous activity (both in CF and TAR). Data was analyzed using multiple regression, and among each group through the use of independent T-tests and Chi-Square Analysis.