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Maximizing Hypertrophy: Possible Contribution of Stretching in the Interset Rest Period

Mohamad, Nur Ikhwan MSc; Nosaka, Kazunori PhD; Cronin, John PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181fe7164
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Abstract

THE TIME THAT A MUSCLE IS UNDER TENSION DURING RESISTANCE STRENGTH TRAINING IS THOUGHT IMPORTANT IN MAXIMIZING THE HYPERTROPHIC RESPONSE OF SKELETAL MUSCLE. IMPLEMENTING STRETCHING IN BETWEEN SETS MAY INCREASE THE HYPERTROPHIC EFFECT BY ADDING TO TOTAL SESSION TIME UNDER TENSION AND AS SUCH INCREASE THE EFFECT OF VARIOUS NEUROMECHANICAL AND METABOLIC STIMULI THAT ARE THOUGHT IMPORTANT TO HYPERTROPHIC ADAPTATION. THIS REVIEW WILL EXPLORE THIS CONTENTION BY BRIEFLY DISCUSSING THEMES AROUND STRETCH AND RESTRICTED BLOOD FLOW, HORMONE RELEASE, SIGNALING PATHWAYS, STRETCH ACTIVATION CHANNELS, STRETCH-INDUCED HYPERTROPHY, AND STRENGTH AND POWER PERFORMANCE.

Author Information

1School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia; 2Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand; and 3Faculty of Sports Science & Coaching, Perak, Malaysia

Nur Ikhwan Mohamad is a strength and conditioning staff at Sultan Idris Education University.

Ken Nosaka is a professor in Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Edith Cowan University.

John Cronin is a professor in Strength and Conditioning at AUT University and holds an adjunct professorial position at Edith Cowan University.

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