Rest periods and resistance exercise performance

Researchers at The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma compared different forms of very short rest periods on subsequent performance.

First, the details.

  • 30 volunteers performed 3 workouts:
    • 45 degrees leg press
    • Prone leg curl
    • Seated shoulder press
    • Standing barbell curl
  • The number of sets and the resistance employed were identical.
  • For each workout, they received one of the following treatments between sets:
    • 1 minute of rest as they stood upright
    • 30 seconds of rest as they stood upright, or
    • 30 seconds of concurrent massage and body part elevation (MBPE): massage of the exercised limbs in a raised and supported position
  • The volunteers performed as many repetitions as possible for each set.

And, the results.

  • For each exercise, statistical analysis revealed the following total work/elapsed time results: 1 minute rest less than 30 seconds rest, 30 seconds’ MBPE.
  • For each exercise, cumulative repetition results were as follows: 1 minute rest greater than 30 seconds’ rest, 30 seconds MBPE.

The bottom line?
The authors observed, “rest period duration exerts more influence on resistance exercise performance than MBPE.”

They recommend, “Those who seek improved resistance exercise performance should pay particular attention to rest period durations.”

6/22/08 21:36 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.