The purpose of the study was to find out whether there would be any significant improvement on muscular endurance as a result of cycling and swimming training among long distance runners. To achieve the purpose of the study, 45 long distance runners from different colleges and SDAT trainees were selected at random within Chennai. The selected subjects were in the age group of 18 to 22 years. The subjects were randomly divided in to three groups of 15 subjects in each group. Group one acted as experimental group I and group two acted as experimental group -II and group three acted as control group. Group three underwent routine without any special treatment and group I underwent cycling exercises and group II underwent swimming exercises for six weeks. Pre test scores were collected on selected criterion variables, namely, muscular endurance of lower body using sit ups and muscular endurance of upper body using push-ups. After six weeks of experimental treatments to the experimental groups, scores on selected criterion variables were obtained. The differences between the initial and final scores were the effect of respective experimental treatments. To test the statistical significance, the scores were subjected to ANCOVA and Scheffes’ post hoc test. The results of the study proved that cycling and swimming exercises significantly improved the muscular endurance of upper body and lower body of the long distance runners.
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