The purpose of this investigation was to establish a relationship between the number of repetitions an individual can complete at a predetermined load and their percentage of type II muscle fibers in their quadriceps. Subjects included 22 untrained women between the ages of 18 and 35. Day 1 consisted of noninvasive anthropologic testing, 1 repetition maximum (1RM) testing, and recording repetition performance at 70% 1RM. Day 2 consisted of isokinetic dynamometry to determine muscle fiber composition. Results were obtained and analyzed using the Pearson product correlation coefficient (r). The results demonstrated a fair-to-moderate relationship (Pearson r = -0.48, p = 0.02) that individuals with greater percentages of type II muscle fibers performed fewer repetitions at 70% 1RM. The results of this study demonstrate that muscle fiber type composition is an important variable to consider when designing training or rehabilitation programs.
(C) 2006 National Strength and Conditioning Association