International Journal of Exercise Science 15(4): 231-244, 2022. The present study investigated acute muscular performance and metabolic responses to resistance training (RT) with inter-set stretching (ISS). Seventeen resistance-trained men (age: 30.0 ± 5.6 years; body mass: 81.8 ± 13.4 kg; height: 173 ± 6.2 cm; RT experience: 4.6 ± 1.7 years) completed the ISS and traditional training (TT) protocol seven days apart in a randomized order. In both protocols, 7 sets of the seated cable fly exercise were performed with a 10-repetition maximum (10-RM) load. During the ISS protocol, subjects completed inter-set passive static stretching of the agonist muscles for 45 seconds, while a passive rest (no stretching) was adopted for the same duration in the TT protocol. The change in maximal bench press strength (1-RM), muscle swelling (ultrasound) of the pectoralis major (PMMS), and blood lactate were assessed immediately following each protocol. Additionally, the total load lifted (TLL) and internal training load (ITL) were assessed in both protocols. There was no difference between protocols for the change in maximal bench press 1-RM (p > 0.05). There were higher values for PMMS (p < 0.05) and blood lactate (p < 0.05) following the TT versus the ISS protocol. The TT resulted in higher TLL (p < 0.05) and ITL values (p < 0.05) versus the ISS protocol. Resistance training with inter-set stretching results in lower acute performance and metabolic responses versus traditional training with passive rest between sets. Therefore, inter-set stretching might be applied within a periodized program on lower intensity days to reduce the overall stress of a session.
de Camargo, Julio Benvenutti Bueno; Brigatto, Felipe Alves; Germano, Moises Diego; Conceicao, Raphael Machado; Teixeira, Ivan; Duarte, Rebecca; Fellet, Luiza; Braz, Tiago Volpi; Prestes, Jonato; Marchetti, Paulo Henrique; Willardson, Jeffrey; and Lopes, Charles Ricardo
"Acute Effects of Inter-set Stretching on Performance and Metabolic Parameters of Resistance-trained Men,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 15
4, Pages 231 - 244.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol15/iss4/6