NCSF Personal Training Study Guide Chapter 13 – Anaerobic Resistance Training
NCSF Personal Training Study Guide Chapter 13 – Anaerobic Resistance Training 1

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    Chapter Goals:

    • Find the positive adaptations and benefits that come with resistance training.
    • Find training goals for general fitness, aerobic endurance, hypertrophy, and strength training phases.
    • Understand the training guidelines for improving aerobic endurance, hypertrophy, and strength power.
    • Be able to tell the difference between plyometric and ballistic exercises.

    Anaerobic Resistance Training

    The Role of Anaerobic Resistance Training

    This style of training gives a significant number of benefits in terms of health and life quality.

    The aerobic style of training mostly deals with lifespan and cardiorespiratory health, while anaerobic training has more to do with the functional aspects of the body.

    A general list of the positive adaptation and benefits of resistance training.

    • Nerve -things like improved recruitment, synchronicity, responsiveness, and firing rate.
    • Muscle -things like fat-free mass maintenance, hypertrophy, improved quality of tissues.
    • Connective tissue, including bone -things like increased strength and mass, enhancements in bone mineral density, and improved quality of tissues.
    • Cardiovascular system -things like improved efficiency of the metabolism, increased density of capillaries, stroke volume, and vascular health.
    • Metabolic system -things like improvements in cell efficiency, enhancements in byproduct management, and mitochondria proliferation.
    • Endocrine system -improvements in insulin sensitivity, greater anabolic affinity, and attenuated catabolic activity.

    Resistance training plays a great role in the assistance with musculoskeletal health across the lifespan.

    Without any adequate loading over time, the neural, muscular, and skeletal systems all decline due to aging and increase the risk that exists for musculoskeletal disease.

    For older age individuals, resistance training will prevent the onset of age-associated sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle after age 30.

    The same can be said for resistance training and bone density. Whether it is a person with a deficiency in the optimal bone building minerals, or someone suffering from osteoporosis due to aging, resistance training can play a significant role in preventing bone problems.

    All weight bearing activity helps with the fight against bone mineral density problems, and resistance training is the use of load throughout the workouts.

    Two major related resistance training changes are in improved body composition and insulin sensitivity. These two works to help with the control of one’s weight and decrease the risk for inflammation and metabolic syndrome.

    The greatest effects on the composition of the body have been shown to come when a person combines aerobic exercise, resistance training, and control of calories.

    Insulin resistance was an important note, as this is a main effect in the pathophysiology of obesity-related disorders like type 2 diabetes.

    Resistance training helps with the improvements in range of motion and economy of movement of the body.

    As an example, running economy was shown to be improved by 8% in trained distance runners when they introduce resistance training into their regimen.

    Running economy is the energy demand for given velocities of Submax running.

    Resistance training is shown to improve quality of life and function. Adequate levels of strength and power correlate strongly with the functional independence later in life, and resistance training is a sure-fire way to ensure this.

    Resistance training helps greatly with activities of daily life.

    Training for a Desired Outcome

    Anaerobic training must be more detail-oriented than plans for aerobic training in order to ensure they are attaining the specific and desired outcomes.

    The general goals of resistance training will fall under these adaptations:

    • Function or physical readiness
    • Anaerobic endurance
    • Hypertrophy
    • Strength
    • Power

    These goals of resistance training are somewhat in the order for which they will be trained.

    Function or physical readiness is the first thing to train for in programs, as movement competence must be established properly to set major fitness goals.

    Anaerobic endurance is the second step to training and it is done after the person has established proper health of the musculoskeletal systems and this progresses by adding in movement competence and repeatability.

    Hypertrophy is generally the third training goal, and it has the body increasing the size of muscles after it has focused on anaerobic endurance.

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    Strength training is the fourth goal and has the focus on the max force that muscles can produce in single efforts.

    Power is the final goal of training and not everyone gets to this level as it is quite advanced. This emphasizes ballistic and plyometric exercise.

    General Fitness Training – Physical Readiness

    The emphasis here is on laying the foundations that will improve performance later.

    The goals for this phase of fitness training are for movement competence or biomechanical foundations, proper activation of the muscles during movements, and improvements in central stability, peripheral stability, and range of motion.

    The general fitness training guidelines for this fitness training goal are:

    • Intensity = 50 – 70% 1RM
    • Frequency = 3 – 5 times per week
    • Volume = 30 – 36 sets per day
    • Mode = multiple modalities
    • Reps = 8 – 20
    • Rest interval = 30 – 60 seconds
    • Endocrine = limited growth hormone, testosterone, adrenal hormones

    Anaerobic Endurance Training

    The definition of this goal implies that the rate of force decline will determine a muscle’s ability to perform longer duration work at a sustained level.

    There are several baseline factors like:

    • Exposure to longer durations of resistive stress
    • Central and peripheral stability
    • The muscle’s absolute strength
    • Neural efficiency
    • Aerobic capacity
    • Anaerobic energy-system efficiency

    The guidelines for anaerobic endurance training are:

    • Intensity = 50 – 70% 1RM
    • Frequency = 3 – 5 times per week
    • Mode = multiple modalities
    • Volume = 30 – 45 sets per day
    • Reps = 12 – 25
    • Rest interval = short as tolerated
    • Endocrine = minimal growth hormone, epinephrine

    Hypertrophy Training

    This is used for the increase of muscle mass. Many people will focus strictly on aesthetic purposes, but it can also be utilized for the management of disease and musculoskeletal health.

    There is an even more intense focus on the optimization of body composition, as the metabolism is positively affected by changes in lean mass.

    The goals of hypertrophy training are the promotion of protein synthesis, increases in loading ability from moderate to heavy, optimization of total muscle balance, improvement of endocrine adaptations, and enhancement of the glycolytic pathway.

    The guidelines for hypertrophy training are:

    • Intensity = 70 – 85% of 1RM
    • Frequency = 4 – 6 times per week
    • Volume = high, around 30 – 40 sets per day
    • Mode = both compound and isolated lifts
    • Reps = 8 – 12 or 8 – 10 for high anabolic lifts
    • Rest interval = 30 – 60 seconds and up to 90 seconds
    • Endocrine = testosterone, growth hormone, cortisol, epinephrine, and IGF-1

    Compound movement can be emphasized, these are actions that involve the use of two or more joints and the recruitment of large amounts of muscle mass across several muscle groups.

    Strength Training

    Muscular strength is the ability for producing maximal force of contraction. In more free-moving conditions, strength is really the ability to accomplish tasks against different types of resistance.

    Some important definitions are:

    Force couples are the synergistic actions of opposing or adjacent muscles to produce a rotational action.

    The kinetic chain is the term that refers to relationships between adjacent body segments whereby movement at one joint affects movement at another.

    Central-peripheral stability is the ability for recruiting a pattern of necessary musculature for the maintenance of structural integrity.

    The main goals of strength training are the maximization of multi-joint loading ability, increasing the total force output, enhancing the central-peripheral stability, improvement in proficiency of the kinetic chain, and improvement of proficiency of the nervous system.

    The general guidelines of strength training are:

    • Intensity = 75 – 95% of 1RM
    • Frequency = 3 – 5 times a week
    • Volume = low, around 18 – 30 sets per day
    • Mode = cross joint lifts
    • Reps = 3 – 5 or 6 – 10 depending on goals
    • Rest interval = glycogen 60 – 90 sec, phosphagen 2 – 5 min
    • Endocrine = growth hormone and testosterone

    Power Training

    Training power differs from hypertrophy and strength, as the greatest difference is the rate of movement.

    Power training is going to rely on ballistic actions for the generation of large amounts of force.

    Plyometrics is a method of training where there are rapid lengthening and contractions of the muscle for the distinct purpose of increasing power. This denotes an amortization phase of approximately 0.3 seconds or less.

    Ballistics are actions that show max concentric acceleration over brief contraction times.

    The amortization phase is known as the transition phase between the concentric and eccentric phases. The stretch-shortening cycle is emphasized for enhancement of the concentric action.

    The main goals of power training are increasing the fast-twitch fiber recruitment and firing, improving the force coupling, enhancing movement economy, developing optimal acceleration and deceleration balance, and improving the reactive stability of both central and peripheral systems.

    The general guidelines of power training are:

    • Intensity = 30 – 50% 1RM for glycolytic, 60 – 95% for phosphagen system
    • Frequency = 2 – 4 times per week
    • Volume = varied based on the activity
    • Mode = Olympic lifts, ballistics, plyometrics
    • Reps = 2 – 5 CP, 8 – 20 glycolytic
    • Rest interval = 30 – 240 seconds
    • Endocrine = growth hormone, testosterone, epinephrine

    Training Systems

    These are the methods used for strategic exploitation of the various categories of stress for emphasizing specific movements in strength, power, hypertrophy, or metabolic efficiency.

    The popular training systems are:

    • Priority
    • Pyramid
    • Superset
    • Contrast
    • Complex
    • Drop set
    • Circuit
    • Lactate tolerance
    • Negative set

    The priority system is a logic-based approach to training and suggests the performance of exercises for the deficient muscle groups at the start of the session so that you can ensure they get the required attention.

    The pyramid system was started by bodybuilders and used for muscle hypertrophy in order to cover a range of stimuli. It has the weight increasing and then decreasing, while the reps do the opposite.

    The superset system is very effective for multiple training goals. The general concept is to perform one set of an exercise and then immediately follow it with another, with the only rest coming from the transition to another exercise.

    The contrast system is like the superset system, but it has the exercise start with something like near max loads, and then follow it with low loads at high speed. It is some form of this style of contrasting movements.

    The complex system is referring to movements done together that focus on one aspect like a bar the person performs some specific exercises in order with the bar not leaving the hands.

    Drop sets are another hypertrophy technique that increases demands on muscle groups. This has the person performing the exercise to max reps and then dropping the weight and continuing with the exercise until they max and do it again.

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    The circuit system involves 12 – 15 exercises done in a time period or rep range before moving to the next.

    The lactate tolerance system is a twist of the circuit training system and it has all reps done of the exercises in the shortest amount of time.

    The negative set system is where the body’s ability for producing force in the eccentric part of the movement is focused on.

    Exercise Considerations

    Concurrent training, age, and gender all play a role in how someone will respond to exercise.

    Overtraining is something to look out for. This is when someone is exercising too much or too often, and this leads to some serious issues in the body.

    Overreaching is a subset of this. This is when someone has a short-term detriment as a result of added training stresses which takes days or weeks to restore.

    Detraining is the process of the adaptations had from training are being reversed due to lessened levels of stress over time.

    Detraining from the stopping of resistance training causes these things:

    • A reduction in muscle mass and fiber size
    • Increased capillary and mitochondrial density
    • Increased body fat percentage
    • Increased aerobic enzyme with concurrent reductions in anaerobic-enzyme concentration
    • Loss of muscle strength, power, and endurance
    • A reduction in neuromuscular efficiency

    The reversibility principle says that any adaptation that results from training will be gradually reverse when training has stopped.

    Common Injuries Associated with Training

    Muscle strains are the stretching and/or tearing of muscles or their tendons. This can be caused by things like:

    Placement of deconditioned muscle groups under high stress

    Lack of an adequate warm-up

    Lifting heavy objects

    Unstable joint segments during exertion

    Exertion in an unfamiliar position

    Overstretched tissue

    Poor lifting mechanics

    Muscle imbalances

    A first-degree strain caused pain and discomfort and heals in about 6 weeks.

    A second-degree strain is when there is more significant damage and increased pain and tenderness. These injuries heal in several weeks or months with lots of variances.

    Third-degree strains are known as complete tears. These have some significant trauma and very likely result in the need for surgery and repair of the muscle.

    PRICE is a good rule for these strains and sprains.

    • Protection
    • Rest
    • Ice
    • Compression
    • Elevation

    Ligament sprains are stretching and/or tearing of ligaments.

    Ligaments and other tissues are predisposed to injury die to reasons such as:

    • Lack of flexibility
    • General deconditioning
    • Too much stress
    • Muscle imbalances
    • Overstretched tissue
    • Overuse, particularly from biomechanically compromised movements

    Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition of the glenohumeral joint where repetitive motion is likely one of the leading causes.

    Rotator cuff injuries are injuries to any of the four muscles of the rotator cuff, which are vulnerable due to the joint being the most mobile in the body.

    Tendonitis is an acute inflammation of the tendons which happens due to repetitive overuse or excessive strains from trauma.

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