Brief Review: Maximizing Hypertrophic Adaptation - Possible Contributions of Aerobic Exercise in the Interset Rest Period

Nur Ikhwan Mohamad, Edith Cowan University
John Cronin, Edith Cowan University
Kazunori Nosaka, Edith Cowan University

This article was originally published as: Mohamad, N. , Cronin, J. B., & Nosaka, K. (2011). Brief review: Maximizing hypertrophic adaptation - Possible contributions of aerobic exercise in the interset rest period. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 34(1), 8-15. Original article available here

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.