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 E. Alman II, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Mark Sloniger, Ph.D.


Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012) data shows that 35.7% of adults over eighteen are overweight or obese. Total daily energy expenditure is a major factor in obesity reduction, and the resting metabolic rate accounts for approximately 60% of the total daily energy expenditure (Levine, 2005). This study examined the effect of functional resistance training on the resting metabolic rate in apparently healthy adult women (n=20) between 35 and 60 years old, and with a BMI between 18.5kg/m2 and 39.9kg/m2. Participants had body composition and resting metabolic rates examined before and after the training phase to determine if any changes have resulted from the training. Results indicated a significant increase in absolute (862.6797kcals/day to 1099.1716 kcals/day), and relative (12.0358 kcals/kg/day to 15.4962 kcals/kg/day) resting metabolic rate in the sample.