Adam Potts

Date of Graduation

Fall 2013


Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management



Committee Chair

Scott Richmond


ammonia inhalant, ergogenic aid, resistance training, strength training, exercise

Subject Categories

Health and Medical Administration


Today, athletes and weight lifters are going to extreme measures to gain an advantage in performance. As a result, pre-workout supplements have become very popular. Ammonia inhalants have been reported to produce a similar effect to pre-workout supplements because they are suggested to increase consciousness and physical strength. Still the effect of ammonia inhalants on strength performance is unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between two measures of strength performance with ammonia inhalants. The participants in this study were 25 male weight lifters. Participants were tested in the back squat and bench press at 85 percent of their calculated 1 repetition max (1RM), at two different sessions. The participants inhaled either the ammonia inhalant or the placebo prior to performing as many repetitions as possible in the back squat and bench press at 85 percent of their 1RM. A paired samples dependent T-Test along with an ANOVA was used to analyze any differences between the placebo and the ammonia inhalant. The results revealed that there were no significant differences in strength testing between the ammonia inhalant, placebo, or no substance at all. The results in this study suggest that ammonia inhalants do not increase strength in male weight lifters.


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