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Kinesiology & Recreation


Kristen Lagally

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Kinesiology & Recreation


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine changes in body composition following a weight loss and fitness program in a group of university police officers. Methods: Subjects consisted of 9 Illinois State University police officers who planned to participate in a fitness improvement and weight loss program during the spring semester of 2021. The subjects (8 men, 1 woman) were 43.6 +12.2 years of age, with an average height of 70.6 +3.8 inches, and an average weight of 216.3 +30.7 lbs. Body composition was assessed prior to initiation of the program using an InBody bioelectrical impedance analyzer. Subjects were asked to follow a series of test preparation guidelines prior to participating in the InBody test. These guidelines prior to testing included: maintaining normal fluid intake the day before; removing any socks or pantyhose before the test; removing all heavy objects such a jewelry, watches, belts, wallets, and jackets; not eating or exercising for at least 3 hours; not consuming alcohol or excessive caffeine for at least 24 hours; and not using lotion on the hands or feet. Subjects are participating in a self-led fitness and weight loss regimen that differs from subject to subject. Results: Body composition will be assessed twice more over the course of the program, but initial body composition results indicated that the mean fat mass was 61.7 +23.3 lbs, the mean fat free mass was 87.8 + 16.7 lbs, and the mean body fat was 28.3 + 9.6 %. It is hypothesized that fat mass and percent fat will decrease, and fat-free mass will increase as a result of the training program.


Authors: Brandon Hobson and Brooke Bossert

Body Composition Changes In Police Officers Following Nutrition And Fitness Programs