Date of Award

Fall 12-2017

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Human Performance and Recreation

First Advisor

Melissa Thompson

Advisor Department

Human Performance and Recreation


The purpose of this study was to investigate whether an individual’s perception of others influenced exercise participation and effort in women and men participants involved in exercise classes in a campus recreation facility. The study consists of a survey that utilizes the Social Physique Anxiety Scale, the Ratings of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale, and demographic information. Results revealed that participants’ social physique anxiety accounted for roughly 30% of the variance in self-reported physical activity. However, when it came to participant effort during the group exercise classes, there was only roughly 2% variance between social physique anxiety and RPE. Further, the T-test comparing these variables was not significant. Conclusions and future directions are discussed.