The affective and behavioral responses to repeated “strength snacks”

S. L. Buckner, S. J. Dankel, K. T. Mattocks, M. B. Jessee, J. G. Mouser, J. P. Loenneke

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Background: A training program consisting of only one-repetition maximum (1RM) training results in similar strength adaptations as traditional resistance exercise. However, little is known regarding the affective or behavioral responses to this type of training. Aim: To examine the affective and behavioral response to either a traditional resistance exercise program or a biweekly 1RM-training program. Methods: Participants were trained for 8 weeks (2× per week). The HYPER group completed four sets of 8–12 repetitions; the 1RM group (TEST) worked up to a single maximal repetition. Results: The TEST group felt more revitalized and had an increase in positive engagement during their first visit, whereas the HYPER group showed an increase in feelings of physical exhaustion during their first and last visits. There were no pre to post differences for the change in behavior or self-efficacy between groups. Conclusion: 1RM training appears to elicit a more favorable affective response, compared with HYPER training, which may ultimately improve adherence to resistance-type exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-197
Number of pages10
JournalPhysiology International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology (medical)


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