Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PreEx RT vs RT to MMF

“As such the “target” muscles can be “pre-exhausted” with an isolation exercise before moving immediately to a compound exercise. For example, the biceps might be the “weak-link” in a pulling exercise though the target might be to train the latissimus muscles. With this in mind, it is suggested to pre-exhaust the target muscles using an isolation exercise immediately prior to a compound exercise. It is hypothesised that this provides greater stimulation to the target muscles. Jones (1970) notes that “during the brief period while your weak-link muscles are actually stronger than your target muscles, you can take advantage of that momentary condition to use the strength of the weak-link muscles to train the target muscles much harder than would otherwise be possible.” Since evidence suggests training to MMF maximally recruits motor units and produces greatest gains in muscular strength and hypertrophy, the notion of attaining a greater fatigue to maximise adaptation appears logical.”


“Based upon these results there appears no benefit to performing PreEx RT over and above simply performing individual exercises to MMF in a preferred order and with preferred rest between exercises.”


The effects of pre-exhaustion, exercise order, and rest intervals in a full-body resistance training intervention


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