Honors Projects


Exercise is important to maintaining a healthy weight and decreasing the risk of health-related diseases. Self-efficacy is a psychological concept that, when increased, can help a person to overcome a particular situation. In exercise, a person with high self-efficacy is able to better adhere to a program. It is a goal of The American Council on Exercise (ACE) to educate their personal trainers on ways to increase their clients' self-efficacy. This study was conducted to determine if women who have hired a personal trainer at the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Student Recreation Center (SRC) in the past five years had an increase in self-reported self-efficacy. An online survey, via BGSU Qualtrics was distributed. The survey consisted of four parts; demographics, quantitative information regarding personal training, and a before and after section containing self-efficacy questions. The research suggested that the self-efficacy of participants increased as a whole, although seven women reported an increase in self-efficacy, seven women reported a decrease in self-efficacy, and three reported no change in self-efficacy. The overall increase was observed specifically in mastery experiences, a specific source of self-efficacy.


Honors Program


Health Science

First Advisor

Nathan Peters

First Advisor Department

Exercise Science

Second Advisor

Philip Welch

Second Advisor Department

Public and Allied Health

Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2021