STRENGTH TRAINING DOES NOT NEED TO BE EXHAUSTIVE TO IMPROVE STRENGTH
Strussi, C., Freitag, K., Hauenstein, B., Wydler, K., Eigenmann, P., & Boutellier, U. (1998). Effect of non-exhaustive vs. exhaustive strength training on maximum strength. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5), Supplement abstract 1219.
A comparison was made of the effect of non-exhaustive and exhaustive strength training on maximum strength (1 RM). Matched groups of males (Exhaustive N = 8; Non-exhaustive N = 10; controls N = 8) trained 3 x week for eight weeks. Exhaustive training consisted of 15 repetitions of 15 RM. Non-exhaustive consisted of 2 x 6 of 10 RM.
The workload of both training groups did not differ significantly. There was no significantly different effect between each method.
Implication. The degree of muscle fatigue does not determine the effect of strength training on 1 RM. Strength training for athletes or rehabilitation does not need to be exhaustive.
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