Acute Resistance Exercise Performance Is Negatively Impacted by Prior Aerobic Endurance Exercise

J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Oct;30(10):2667-2681. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001548.


Ratamess, NA, Kang, J, Porfido, TM, Ismaili, CP, Selamie, SN, Williams, BD, Kuper, JD, Bush, JA, and Faigenbaum, AD. Acute resistance exercise performance is negatively impacted by prior aerobic endurance exercise. J Strength Cond Res 30(10): 2667-2681, 2016-The purpose of the present study was to examine acute resistance exercise (RE) performance after 4 different aerobic endurance (AE) protocols. Eleven healthy, resistance-trained men (21.0 ± 1.2 years) performed a control RE protocol and 4 RE protocols 10 minutes after different AE protocols in random sequence. The RE protocol consisted of 5 exercises (high pull, squat, bench press, deadlift, and push press) performed for 3 sets of 6-10 repetitions with 70-80% of one repetition-maximum (1RM) with 3-minute rest intervals in between sets. The AE protocols consisted of treadmill running at velocities corresponding to: (a) 60% of their V[Combining Dot Above]O2 reserve (V[Combining Dot Above]O2R) for 45 minutes (P1); (b) 75% of their V[Combining Dot Above]O2R for 20 minutes (P2); (c) 90-100% of V[Combining Dot Above]O2R in 3-minute intervals (1:1 ratio) for 5 sets (P3); and (d) 75% of V[Combining Dot Above]O2R (4.5 mph) uphill (6-9% grade) for 20 minutes (P4). Completed repetitions, average power and velocity, heart rate (HR), and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were assessed each set. Protocols P1-P4 resulted in 9.1-18.6% fewer total repetitions performed compared with the control RE protocol with the squat experiencing the greatest reduction. Average power and velocity were significantly reduced for the high pull, squat, and bench press after most AE protocols. Ratings of perceived exertion values for the high pull and squat were significantly higher in P1-P4 compared with control. Heart rate was significantly higher during RE after P1-P4 compared with control by 4.3-5.5%. These results indicate acute RE performance is significantly compromised in healthy men after AE exercise of different type, intensity, and duration with largest reductions observed after high-intensity interval exercise.