Implementation of cluster training within resistance training: key challenges

Nicholson, Gareth, Ispoglou, Theocharis, Dinsdale, Alexander J. and Bissas, Athanassios ORCID: 0000-0002-7858-9623 (2016) Implementation of cluster training within resistance training: key challenges. UKSCA Online Learning Recourse, 17 (8). pp. 2-16.

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Research findings indicate that the inter-set rest interval is an important variable when prescribing resistance training (RT) programmes however, there is a growing focus of attention on the additional use of short intra-set rest intervals in the approach known as ‘cluster set’ (CS) training. Despite evidence that supports the positive effects of CS configurations on the acute and chronic responses to RT, numerous challenges exist for practitioners when aiming to utilise this training concept. As such, this review aims to identify these challenges and offer recommendations in light of the contemporary research into this concept. The Discover, PubMed, Sport Discus, Research Gate and Google Scholar databases were searched in order to locate previous peer reviewed investigations which examined the acute and/or chronic responses to manipulating intra-set rest intervals. Twenty-five studies were reviewed after the inclusion criteria had been applied. Although the review highlighted that CS configurations may offer superior alternatives to traditional set configurations when seeking to emphasise specific acute or chronic responses, contrasting findings exist with regards to the chronic effects of CS configuration on various physical attributes (e.g. strength, power, hypertrophy) which presents challenges for practitioners when interpreting the literature. The contrasting findings result from a number of key methodological differences (e.g. intra-set rest duration) which practitioners need to be aware of when designing CS configurations. In terms of practical considerations, CS configurations may present challenges due to their time-consuming and monotonous nature but offer advantages in terms of reducing perceived exertion, cardiovascular demands, enhancing the performance and technique of key explosive exercises.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Athanassios Bissas
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 14:54
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09

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