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Acute Effects of Plyometric and Resistance Training on Running Economy in Trained Runners

Marcello, Richard T.; Greer, Beau K.; Greer, Anna E.

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: September 2017 - Volume 31 - Issue 9 - p 2432–2437
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001705
Original Research

Marcello, RT, Greer, BK, and Greer, AE. Acute effects of plyometric and resistance training on running economy in trained runners. J Strength Cond Res 31(9): 2432–2437, 2017—Results regarding the acute effects of plyometrics and resistance training (PRT) on running economy (RE) are conflicting. Eight male collegiate distance runners (21 ± 1 years, 62.5 ± 7.8 ml·kg−1·min−1 V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak) completed V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak and 1 repetition maximum (1RM) testing. Seven days later, subjects completed a 12 minutes RE test at 60 and 80% V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak, followed by a PRT protocol or a rested condition of equal duration (CON). The PRT protocol consisted of 3 sets of 5 repetitions at 85% 1RM for barbell squats, Romanian deadlifts, and barbell lunges; the same volume was used for resisted lateral lunges, box jumps, and depth jumps. Subjects completed another RE test immediately after the treatments and 24 hours later. Subjects followed an identical protocol 6 days later with condition assignment reversed. Running economy was determined by both relative V[Combining Dot Above]O2 (ml·kg−1·min−1) and energy expenditure (EE) (kcal·min−1). There was a significant (p ≤ 0.05) between-trial increase in V[Combining Dot Above]O2 (37.1 ± 4.2 ml·kg−1·min−1 PRT vs. 35.5 ± 3.9 ml·kg−1·min−1 CON) and EE (11.4 ± 1.3 kcal·min−1 PRT vs. 11.0 ± 1.4 kcal·min−1 CON) immediately after PRT at 60% V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak, but no significant changes were observed at 80% V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak. Respiratory exchange ratio was significantly (p ≤ 0.05) reduced 24 hours after PRT (0.93 ± 0.0) as compared to the CON trial (0.96 ± 0.0) at 80% V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak. Results indicate that high-intensity PRT may acutely impair RE in aerobically trained individuals at a moderate running intensity, but that the attenuation lasts less than 24 hours in duration.

Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Address correspondence to Beau K. Greer,

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