A FAILURE TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE STRENGTH
Shucavage, J. S., Nguyen, M. M., Valerio, T. A., Armillei, R. J., Casey, C. M., Clarke, J. W., Winzek, M. W., Clovey, G. L., Paradis, C. A., & Szmedra, L. (2002). Effect of single versus multiple-set resistance training on muscular strength following short-term training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 34(5), Supplement abstract 1121.
Untrained Ss (M = 14; F = 33) trained for four weeks as a one set, three sets, or a zero set control group. A 1 RM of supine bench press was used to determine muscular strength before, at two weeks, and at four weeks of training. Training comprised seven repetitions of a supine bench-press with a load of 70-80% 1 RM for one or three sets three times per week.
No group changed to a statistically significant degree, although all improved.
Implication. The training regimen failed to produce significant strength gains in any group over four weeks.
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