Divergent Resistance Training Programs, Ramification on the Absolute and Relative Strength and Endurance among College Men

Syed Ibrahim, Syed Azhar Ahmed, Syed Muneer Ahmed, Syed Kaleem Ahmed


The objective of this research was to scrutinize the impact of three resistance-training programs on absolute and reciprocal durability and muscular strength. Forty-three male subjects were assigned to three groups: high resistance-low repetition group (HRLRG, n=15) performed 3 sets of 6-8 RM (repetition maximum) each session, the medium resistance-medium repetition group (MRMRG, n= 16) performed 2 sets of 30-40 RM per session and the low resistance-high repetition group (LRHRG, n= 12) worked out a set of 100-150 RM per session. The training for the participants was bench press thrice a week for nine weeks. The data revealed an improvement of 20% in maximal strength of the HRLRG and this was greater than 8% and 5 % improvements recorded for MRMRG and LRHRG, respectively. Regarding the absolute endurance, the trends however were reversed as LRHRG registered gains of 41%, MRMRG improved by 39% and HRLRG gained only 28%. The results for relative endurance assessment reported that HRLRG’s accomplishments essentially was declined by 7 % after training and was considerably inferior to the 22 % and 28 % improvements achieved by other two groups. It was established that skeletal muscles make general and specific modifications to a training stimulus and the stability of these adaptations is primarily reliant upon the intensity and duration of the training protocol.

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