Effects of Intra-Set Rest on Morphological Variables, Maximal Strength and Jump Performance in University Students

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Pablo Aravena-Sagardia; Alán García-Sandoval; Mauricio Barramuño; Tomás Herrera-Valenzuela; Braulio Henrique Magnani Branco; Eduardo Guzmán-Muñoz; Antonio López-Fuenzalida; Enrique Cerda Vega & Pablo Valdés-Badilla


The appropriate dosage of resistance training could promote physical and physiological adaptations and decrease injuries. The aim of the study was to analyze the effects of the different intra-set rest after eight weeks of resistance training on morphological variables, maximal strength, and jump performance in physically active university students. Twenty-five students (15 men and 10 women) were randomized by sex and distributed in Control Group (CG) (n=8) with rest only at the end of the series; Experimental Group 1 (EG1) (n=9) with an intra-set rest of 30 s, and Experimental Group 2 (EG2) (n=8) with four intra-set rest of 10 s. Morphological variables [body weight, bipedal height, body mass index (BMI), fat mass and muscle mass], maximum upper body strength (bench press and military press), lower body strength [parallel squat (45°) and deadlift], as well as countermovement jump (CMJ) were measured. All three groups obtained a significant increase (p<0.01) in body weight and BMI, as well as an essential reduction (p<0.01) of fat mass. Muscle mass increased significantly (p<0.01) for both CG and EG1. Maximum upper- and lower-body strength increased considerably (p<0.05) across all three groups and for all exercises, while the CMJ notably increased for CG and EG1. There are no significant changes between the different intra-set rest, when using the same volume, intensity, and total recovery time during the exercise series (p>0.05); thereby, there is an equivalent increase in muscle mass, maximal strength, jump performance, and a fat mass reduction.

KEY WORDS: Anthropometry; Muscle strength; Physical exercise; Strength training.

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ARAVENA-SAGARDIA, P.; GARCÍA-SANDOVAL, A.; BARRAMUÑO, M.; HERRERA-VALENZUELA, T.; MAGNANI, B. B. H.; GUZMÁN-MUÑOZ, E.; LÓPEZ-FUENZALIDA, A.; CERDA, V. E. & VALDÉS-BADILLA, P. Effects of intra-set rest on morphological variables, maximal strength and jump performance in university students. Int. J. Morphol., 39(1):274-281, 2021.