This study compared the effects of a non-traditional & a traditional strength training program for adolescents on measures of health-related fitness & physical activity enjoyment (PACES). Male (n=7) & female (n=12) adolescents between the ages of 15 & 18 years registered for a community based program & volunteered to participate in the study component. Participants were assigned to a non-traditional training group (n=10) utilizing kettlebells (KB) or a traditional training group (n=9) utilizing dumbbells. Health-related fitness & PACES were measured at baseline & post-training, with an additional PACES measure at mid-training. Both training groups significantly improved several health-related fitness measures, with the only significant difference between groups being seen in KB swing squats. PACES significantly decreased from baseline to mid-training, & stayed constant from mid- to post-training, for both training groups. There was no significant difference between groups on physical activity enjoyment.
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As an undergraduate student, Thalia double majored in kinesiology and nutrition at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. From there, she went on to pursue her Masters of Science in Exercise Science - specializing in physical activity and exercise for youth - at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada.
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