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Medicina dello Sport 2020 September;73(3):443-52

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.20.03552-8

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Acute effect of resistance exercise using the German Volume Training Method on blood pressure of prehypertensive subjects

Bruno BAVARESCO GAMBASSI 1 , Ciro OLIVEIRA QUEIROZ 2, Ariani FRANÇA CONCEIÇÃO 2, Vinicius MIRANDA GALVÃO 2, Daniell MUNIZ 2, João A. RIBEIRO 1, Paulo A. SCHWINGEL 3, Clarcson P. CONCEIÇÃO DOS SANTOS 2

1 Department of Physical Education, Ceuma University, São Luís, Brazil; 2 Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health (EBMSP), Salvador, Brazil; 3 Laboratory of Research in Human Performance (LAPEDH), University of Pernambuco (UPE), Petrolina, Brazil


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BACKGROUND: The exponential growth of people diagnosed with hypertension have encouraged the global scientific community to focus on researching new therapeutic strategies, including resistance training. Thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate the acute effects of resistance training using the German Volume Training Method on the blood pressure of prehypertensive subjects.
METHODS: A total of 20 subjects were divided into a control group (CG, N.=10; age: 25.2±5.2 years; Body Mass Index: 24.3±3.1 kg/m2) and German Volume Training Method group (GVTMG, N.=10; age: 26.5±4.6 years; Body Mass Index: 25.6±2.9 kg/m2). Before and after each session (baseline, post, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes), blood pressure was evaluated.
RESULTS: Significant intragroup differences can be observed for GVTMG in diastolic blood pressure (40 minutes post-session: 72.9±8.4 vs. 66.2±10.3 mmHg; P=0.046; Δ=-6.7 mmHg). Additionally, we observed changes in systolic blood pressure (40 minutes post-session: 130.7±4.3 vs. 124.9±8.7 mmHg; Δ=-5.8 mmHg; d=-0.9) and diastolic blood pressure (20 minutes post-session: 72.9±8.4 vs. 67.1±4.7 mmHg; Δ=-5.8 mmHg; d=-0.9).
CONCLUSIONS: German Volume Training Method promoted positive changes in blood pressure of the present study sample.


KEY WORDS: Blood pressure; Exercise; Post-exercise hypotension

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