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Can Drop Set Training Enhance Muscle Growth?

Schoenfeld, Brad, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA1; Grgic, Jozo, MSc2

Section Editor(s): Schoenfeld, Brad PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 6 - p 95–98
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000366
Columns: Evidence-Based Personal Training

ABSTRACT SOME RESEARCHERS HAVE POSTULATED THAT TRAINING TO MUSCULAR FAILURE IS OBLIGATORY FOR MAXIMIZING MUSCLE HYPERTROPHY. THIS HAS LED TO THE SPECULATION THAT DROP SET TRAINING MAY BE AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY TO MORE FULLY FATIGUE THE MUSCULATURE AND, IN TURN, ENHANCE MUSCULAR ADAPTATIONS. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE REVIEW THE EVIDENCE ON THE TOPIC.

1Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, Bronx, New York; and

2Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Address correspondence to Brad Schoenfeld, brad@workout911.com.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

The Evidence-Based Personal Training column provides practical application of research topics specific to enhancing results for personal trainers.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

Brad Jon Schoenfeld is an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, New York.

Jozo Grgic is a PhD student at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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