Brief Review: Maximizing Hypertrophic AdaptationPossible Contributions of Aerobic Exercise in the Interset Rest Period

Mohamad, Nur Ikhwan PhD1,3; Cronin, John PhD1,2; Nosaka, Kazunori PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182308969
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Abstract

TYPICAL RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS INVOLVE A COMBINATION OF WORK AND REST PERIODS. MOST RESEARCH HAS FOCUSED ON MANIPULATING THE SETS, REPETITIONS, AND LOAD DURING THE WORK PERIOD IN MAXIMIZING SESSION'S MECHANICAL OUTPUT AND PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATION, WITH LITTLE ATTENTION ON INTERSET REST PERIOD. HOWEVER, IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO ENHANCE SET KINEMATICS AND KINETICS AND CONSEQUENTLY INCREASE THE ADAPTATIONAL EFFECT OF THE TRAINING SESSION BY PERFORMING LIGHT AEROBIC ACTIVITY DURING THE INTERSET REST PERIOD. THIS ARTICLE EXPLORES THIS CONTENTION, SUGGESTING THE POSITIVE BENEFITS OF THIS TYPE OF EXERCISE ON A MECHANICAL, METABOLIC, HORMONAL, AND NEURAL PROFILE OF A RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSION.

Author Information

1School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia; 2Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand; and 3Faculty of Sports Science and Coaching, Sultan Idris Education University, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Nur Ikhwan Mohamad is a senior lecturer in strength & conditioning and head of the Department of Coaching Science at Sultan Idris Education University.

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

Kazunori Nosaka is a professor in Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

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