Summary of a study looking at fatigue and recovery patterns’ differences between men and women measured by squatting velocity.
16 athletes with at least 6 months of resistance training experience, training at least 3 times per week, and with the ability to squat at least their body weight (UK).
Experimental study with a randomized cross-over order of testing conditions (stratified by sex).
- velocity in back squat measured at 80% of 1RM via PUSH band 2.0
- differences between females and males
- no differences in total reps performed or last rep velocity were found between women and men in the submaximal protocol group. With muscular failure protocol, women did fewer reps, at higher intensities, and moved slower during the last rep than men, and slower than their velocity at 1RM testing. Men’s last rep did not differ from the velocity of their 1RM testing.
- submaximal protocol: men were more fatigued than women at 5 minutes and 48 hours after the exercise but not after 72 hours.
- muscular failure protocol: men were below the baseline at 5 minutes, but no differences between men and women after that time point.
- women were more fatigued 5 minutes after the muscular fatigue protocol than after submaximal protocol.
Take home message
Amdi CH, Cleather DJ, Tallent J. Impact of Training Protocols on Lifting Velocity Recovery in Resistance Trained Males and Females. Sports. 2021 Nov;9(11):157.