Title

Comparison of traditional and accommodating resistance training with chains on muscular adaptations in young men

Author Identifier

Guy Gregory Haff

ORCID : 0000-0002-0676-7750

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness

Publisher

EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

44284

Comments

Arazi, H., Mohammad, M., Asadi, A., Nunes, J. P., & Haff, G. G. (2022). Comparison of traditional and accommodating resistance training with chains on muscular adaptations in young men. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 62(2), 258-264. https://doi.org/10.23736/S0022-4707.21.12049-3

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Providing accommodating resistance with the use of chains (CRT) is a programming technique that may enhance muscle size, strength, and power. However, there is a paucity of studies comparing the responses to CRT and traditional resistance training (TRT) approaches. This study aimed to examine the effects of 8 weeks of CRT and TRT on muscular adaptations in young recreationally-trained men. METHODS: Thirty men (26 ± 4 y) volunteered to participate in the present study and were randomly assigned to either CRT (n = 10), TRT (n = 10), or a non-exercise control group (CG, n = 10). A resistancetraining program (3-4 sets, ~8-12 repetitions at 65-80% of 1RM) was performed three times a week for 8 weeks. Percentage body fat, arm and thigh circumferences, 1RM and endurance (number of repetitions to failure 60% of 1RM) strength tests in the back squat and bench press exercises, and vertical jump power were assessed before and after the intervention. RESULTS: Following the intervention, both training groups demonstrated improvements in strength compared to CG, where greater gains were observed for CRT (e.g., bench press 1RM: CRT=28%; TRT=19% / back squat endurance: CRT=8%; TRT=2%). CONCLUSIONS: The use of chains during resistance training may promote greater gains in strength in young men.

DOI

10.23736/S0022-4707.21.12049-3

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