Effects of the functional strength training on body composition: An experimental study in physically inactive women


  • Priscila Cartaxo Pereira
  • Rômulo Dantas Medeiros
  • Alexsandra Araújo dos Santos
  • Leonardo dos Santos Oliveira
  • Rodrigo Ramalho Aniceto
  • Adenilson Araújo Júnior
  • João Agnaldo do Nascimento
  • Maria do Socorro Cirilo de Sousa




This study aimed to analyze the effects of the functional strength training (FST) on body composition of physically inactive women. Twenty women aged between 19 and 34 years old (25.70 ± 4.20 yr.) were randomly assigned to experimental (EG, n = 10) and control group (CG, n = 10). The EG performed 12 weeks of FST, while CG did not receive any intervention. The anthropometric variables evaluated in both groups were: body mass (BM), height, body mass index (BMI), absolute fat mass (AFM), lean body mass (LBM) and fat percent (%F). The paired and independent samples t tests were used to identify modifications between and within experimental and control groups (p < .05). The EG decreased %F values (p < .001), while CG increased the LBM (p < .001), BMI (p < .001) and BM (p = .021). Results showed that after 12 weeks FST can be useful to reduce body fat mass, but it doesn’t promote increases on LBM of physically inactive women.



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