International Journal of Exercise Science 12(1): 825-838, 2019. Current fascia research is allowing for an interdisciplinary understanding of the body’s anatomical, biomechanical, and neurological connectivity via the fascial network. Fascial research and its application has been validated and established in various clinical areas of research. The purpose of this study was to apply the current knowledge of the fascial system to general exercise protocols. This study involved 20 women, ages 30-60 years, who were novice weight trainers, mostly sedentary, and with no injuries, excessive pain or disease. The 10-week study compared strength gain changes between a strength training regimen control group (10) and a treatment group (10) with the same strength routine along with a fascial system exercise protocol. Statistical analysis was completed using a repeated measure design to determine differences between baseline and final measures of strength between groups. The repeated measures analysis of variance revealed no significant differences between treatment and control groups between pre and post trials. The analysis did find significant differences in strength across trials for both groups in the variables of leg press (Treatment =+62 lbs., Control = +67 lbs.), leg extension (Treatment =+61 lbs., Control = +45.5 lbs.), and chest press (Treatment =+19.5 lbs., Control = +16.5 lbs.). These results may be attributed to the control group receiving sufficient stimulus to the fascial system to produce similar results to that of the treatment group or due to training time was not sufficient to elicit an effect of the fascial training.
Bond, Michele M.; Lloyd, Richard; Braun, Robyn A.; and Eldridge, James A.
"Measurement of Strength Gains Using a Fascial System Exercise Program,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 12
1, Pages 825 - 838.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol12/iss1/10