Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department or Program



Partridge, Julie A.


The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of a 6-week structured introductory weight training program on individuals’ efficacy using a mixed methods approach. Variables were assessed to examine psychological factors using a self-efficacy scale. Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (IMI) was used to access interest/enjoyment, perceived competence and value/usefulness of the intervention weight training program. In addition, post-intervention individual interviews were conducted to examine exercise history, intervention enjoyment, goals, motivation, adherence, and other various factors influencing exercise intervention involvement. Because the quantitative survey data was not able to be collected post-intervention, the focus of the discussion was on the qualitative results. Through qualitative research and data collection of in-depth interviews and surveys it was determined self-efficacy and motivation both increased following a 6-week exercise program and participants felt upon completing the 6-week weight training class they were confident enough to apply their knowledge outside of a class setting and continue their weight training on their own.