THE PRE-EXHAUSTION (PE) SYSTEM IN RESISTANCE TRAINING IS LARGELY USED BY ATHLETES AND PRACTITIONERS WITH THE GOAL OF ENHANCING MUSCULAR ADAPTATIONS. PRE-EXHAUSTION CONSISTS OF PERFORMING A SINGLE-JOINT EXERCISE BEFORE A MULTIPLE-JOINT EXERCISE IN AN EFFORT TO INCREASE THE OVERLOAD (MUSCLE ACTIVATION AND/OR TRAINING VOLUME) IN A GIVEN MUSCLE. DIFFERENT PE APPROACHES HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED IN RESEARCH; THIS REVIEW DISCUSSES THE RELEVANT LITERATURE REGARDING THE EFFICACY OF PE FOR POTENTIATING OVERLOAD AND MUSCLE HYPERTROPHY. IN GENERAL, PE DOES NOT ALTER THE NEUROMUSCULAR ACTIVITY OF THE TARGET MUSCLE IN MULTIJOINT EXERCISE, BUT IT DOES ALLOW FOR A GREATER TRAINING VOLUME.
1Center for Research in Health Sciences, University of Northern Parana, Londrina, Brazil;
2Metabolism, Nutrition, and Exercise Laboratory, Londrina State University, Londrina, Brazil; and
3Exercise Science Department, CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, New York
Address correspondence to Dr. Alex S. Ribeiro, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Alex S. Ribeirois Professor and Research Associate of the Center for Biological and Health Sciences at University of Northern Paraná.
João Pedro Nunesis a graduate in Bachelor of Physical Education, student in Metabolism, Nutrition, and Exercise Laboratory at Londrina State University.
Paolo M. Cunhais a PhD student in Physical Education, student in Metabolism, Nutrition, and Exercise Laboratory at Londrina State University.
Andreo F. Aguiaris Professor and Research Associate of the Center for Biological and Health Sciences at University of Northern Paraná.
Brad J. Schoenfeldis an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Lehman College.