Effect of acute resistance exercise on postexercise oxygen consumption and resting metabolic rate in young women

Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2000 Mar;10(1):71-81. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.10.1.71.


This study determined the effect of an intense bout of resistive exercise on postexercise oxygen consumption, resting metabolic rate, and resting fat oxidation in young women (N=7, ages 22-35). On the morning of Day 1, resting metabolic rate (RMR) was measured by indirect calorimetry. At 13:00 hr, preexercise resting oxygen consumption was measured followed by 100 min of resistive exercise. Postexercise oxygen consumption was then measured for a 3-hr recovery period. On the following morning (Day 2), RMR was once again measured in a fasted state at 07:00. Postexercise oxygen consumption remained elevated during the entire 3-hr postexercise recovery period compared to the pre-exercise baseline. Resting metabolic rate was increased by 4.2% (p<.05) from Day 1 (morning prior to exercise: 1,419 +/- 58 kcal/24hr) compared to Day 2 (16 hr following exercise: 1,479 +/- kcal/24hr). Resting fat oxidation as determined by the respiratory exchange ratio was also significantly elevated on Day 2 compared to Day 1. These results indicate that among young women, acute strenuous resistance exercise of the nature used in this study is capable of producing modest but prolonged elevations of postexercise metabolic rate and possibly fat oxidation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Basal Metabolism / physiology*
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Calorimetry, Indirect
  • Energy Intake
  • Fasting / physiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Oxygen Consumption / physiology*
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange / physiology
  • Rest / physiology
  • Skinfold Thickness
  • Weight Lifting / physiology*