Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science

First Advisor

Madeline Paternostro Bayles, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Mark Sloniger, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kristi Storti, Ph.D.


Little research has been conducted on the effects of resistance exercise on resting metabolic rate of females of various body mass indexes and ages. The present study examined the effects of a single bout of high intensity resistance exercise on the RMR in apparently healthy adult females (n=18, 18-45 years old, BMI of 18.5 kg/m2-29.9 kg/m2). RMR was measured before, immediately post exercise, and 24 hours post exercise to determine if the exercise bout increased RMR. Results indicated a significant increase in absolute RMR from baseline to immediately post exercise (1807.50 kcal/day to 2103.77 kcal/day, p=.000). There was no significant increase in absolute RMR from baseline to 24 hours post exercise (1807.50 kcal/day to 1765.22 kcal/day, p=.789). These results suggest that the high intensity resistance exercise significantly increased the RMR immediately post exercise, but RMR did not remain elevated above baseline 24 hours post exercise.