The purpose of this study was to construct a physical fitness program for the needs of full-time missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two groups, a control and experimental, were selected from the missionaries entering the Language Training Mission on February 16, 1972. The experimental group, consisting of thirty-two subjects, participated in a structured physical fitness class for seven weeks. The control group, consisting of twenty students, participated in no structured program. Each group took a pre- and post-test consisting of four strength factor tests and Cooper's twelve-minute run.
Findings of the study suggested no significant difference between the experimental and control groups for the shuttle run, hand grip, and twelve-minute run. An analysis of variance showed a significant difference for the softball throw and pull-ups and the .01 level of confidence. An analysis of variance showed a significant difference at the .01 level between the groups for the four strength factor tests.
College and Department
Life Sciences; Exercise Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hughes, Robert R., "Physical Fitness Activities for Latter-Day Saint Missionaries" (1972). All Theses and Dissertations. 4809.
Physical fitness, Mormon missionaries