Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Exercise Science - PrePhysical Therapy

Research Sponsor

Melissa Smith

First Reader

Brian Miller

Second Reader

Nick Ferguson


Aerobic group exercise is important to prevent against cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases. Regular exercise can help to reduce the risk of these diseases and premature death. Group exercise classes have shown to be effective in reducing weight, blood pressure, and body composition Further research is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of these aerobic group exercise classes to one another. PURPOSE: To evaluate and compare the potential health benefits that may occur for women who participate in regular group exercise classes at the Kohl Family YMCA. METHODS: A surrey and body measurements were taken of females enrolled an eight-week aerobic group exercise class: Zumba, cycling or tabata (n=8). RESULTS: On average, weight decreased by 2.18 pounds (±1.44 pounds), BMI lowered by 0.68 kg/m2 (±0.88 kg/m2), and body fat percentage decreased by 2.85% (±1.29). There was a significant difference in body weight, body composition, body fat percentage, and girth measurements after participation in the group exercise class. CONCLUSION: These three group exercise classes at the Kohl Family YMCA are all effective in helping women with their physical fitness. Further studies are required to further compare the three classes.