Effects of resistance training intensity, volume, and session format on the postexercise hypotensive response

Roberto Simão, Steven J Fleck, Marcos Polito, Walace Monteiro, Paulo Farinatti
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2005, 19 (4): 853-8
The effect of resistance exercise (RE) on the postexercise systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) response in young men was investigated. Group 1 (G1) and group 2 (G2) performed three 6 repetition maximum (6RM) sets in a set repetition format for 5 and 6 exercises, respectively. G1 and G2 also performed a circuit and set repetition format session, respectively, using 50% of the 6RM for 3 sets of 12 repetitions (12-repetition protocol). SBP and DBP were determined before and up to 60 minutes postexercise. G1's postexercise SBP demonstrated a significant decrease from its preexercise SBP, lasting 50 minutes after both RE sessions. G2's postexercise SBP demonstrated a significant difference from its preexercise SBP after the 6RM and 12-repetition protocol, lasting 60 and 40 minutes, respectively. The only significant difference in the DBP from rest was at 10 minutes postexercise for G2 after the 12-repetition-per-set protocol. In summary, results indicate that RE intensity affects the duration, but not the magnitude, of the postexercise hypotensive response.

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