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Acute explosive-force movements enhance bench-press performance in athletic men.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19116439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether the performance of explosive-force movements before bench-press exercise would improve 1-repetition-maximum (1RM) strength. METHODS: Twelve male college athletes participated in 3 testing sessions separated by at least 5 days of rest. During each testing session, the 1RM was assessed on the bench-press exercise. After a general warm-up, subjects performed a specific warm-up that consisted of submaximal sets with increasing loads on the bench-press exercise before attempting a 1RM lift. During the first testing trial, subjects performed a series of 1RM attempts with increasing loads until their 1RM was determined. During the second and third testing trials, subjects performed in a counterbalanced randomized order either 2 plyometric push-ups or 2 medicine-ball (3 to 5 kg) chest passes 30 seconds before each 1RM attempt. RESULTS: Analysis of the data revealed that 1RM bench-press strength was significantly greater after plyometric push-ups (P = .004) or chest passes (P = .025) in comparison with the first trial (123.8 + or - 23.5 kg and 124.0 + or - 24.1 kg vs 120.9 + or - 23.2 kg, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that an acute bout of low-volume, explosive-force upper body movements performed 30 seconds before a 1RM attempt might enhance bench-press performance in athletic men.
Jim Wilcox; Rich Larson; Kevin M Brochu; Avery D Faigenbaum
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports physiology and performance     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1555-0265     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-31     Completed Date:  2009-11-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101276430     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Physiol Perform     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  261-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept of Exercise Science and Physical Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Muscle Contraction*
Muscle Strength*
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
Physical Endurance*
Resistance Training*
Task Performance and Analysis*
Young Adult

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