The impact of repetition mechanics on the adaptations resulting from strength-, hypertrophy-and cluster-type resistance training

Nicholson, G, Isopoglou, T. and Bissas, Athanassios ORCID: 0000-0002-7858-9623 (2016) The impact of repetition mechanics on the adaptations resulting from strength-, hypertrophy-and cluster-type resistance training. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116 (10). pp. 1875-1888. doi:10.1007/s00421-016-3439-2

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the acute and chronic training responses to strength-, hypertrophy- and cluster-type resistance training. Methods: Thirty four trained males were assigned to a strength (STR: 4 x 6 repetitions, 85% of one repetition maximum, [1RM], 900s total rest), hypertrophy (HYP: 5 x 10 repetitions, 70% 1RM, 360s total rest), cluster 1 (CL-1: 4 x 6/1 repetitions, 85% 1RM, 1400s total rest), and cluster 2 (CL-2: 4 x 6/1 repetitions, 90% 1RM, 1400s total rest) regimens which were performed twice weekly for a 6 week period. Measurements were taken before, during and following the four workouts to investigate the acute training stimulus, whilst similar measurements were employed to examine the training effects before and after the intervention. Results: The improvements in 1RM strength were significantly greater for the STR (12.09 ± 2.75%; p<0.05, d=1.106) and CL-2 (13.20 ± 2.18%; p<0.001, d=0.816) regimens than the HYP regimen (8.13 ± 2.54%, d=0.453). In terms of the acute responses, the STR and CL-2 workouts resulted in greater time under tension (TUT) and impulse generation in individual repetitions than the HYP workout (p<0.05). Furthermore, the STR (+3.65 ± 2.54mmol/L-1) and HYP (+6.02 ± 2.97mmol/L-1) workouts resulted in significantly greater elevations in blood lactate concentration (p<0.001) than the CL-1 and CL-2 workouts. Conclusion: CL regimens produced similar strength improvements to STR regimens even when volume-load was elevated (CL-2). The effectiveness of the STR and CL-2 regimens underlines the importance of high loads and impulse generation for strength development.

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Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport Sciences; Human Movement
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Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
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Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2020 12:30
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09

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