Change in Self-Efficacy following a Single Strength Training Session Predicts Sedentary Older Adults' Subsequent Motivation to Join a Strength Training Program Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Purpose. To determine whether performance accomplishment and perceived exertion predict change in self-efficacy following a single strength training session and whether change in self-efficacy predicts subsequent motivation to join a strength training program. Methods. Fifty-nine sedentary older adults participated in a single strength training session at a seniors' exercise center, completed measures of perceived exertion and self-efficacy, and received a voucher for a free fitness consultation. Results. Regression analyses indicated that perceived exertion predicted change in self-efficacy. In turn, greater change in self-efficacy was associated with a greater likelihood of using the voucher for a fitness consultation. Discussion. Sedentary older adults can be motivated toward joining a strength training program after an initial strength training session that required low exertion. Practitioners could increase strength training initiation by providing such experiences.

publication date

  • November 2005