Date of Graduation

Summer 2014


Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management


Public Health and Sports Medicine

Committee Chair

Scott Richmond


Numerous individuals have shifted their regular exercise to a relatively new type of training termed Extreme Conditioning Protocols (ECP). This type of training involves periods of maximal or supramaximal work followed by periods of rest or active recovery. This study aimed to observe the metabolic and psychological effects of these programs when compared to a Traditional Resistance Training Protocol (TRT). Ten recreationally trained adult males (age 21.5 yr. +- 1.58) completed a repeated measures design involving the ECP and TRT with no significant differences in workload (TRT= 21,046lbs +- 3690.71; ECP= 23,307.40lbs +- 4281.53). No significant differences were found in blood lactate values taken pre, immediately post and three minutes post between the two exercise protocols. Perception of intensity was significantly higher at 10 (p<.05, 6.30 +- 1.83; 7.78 +- .972), 12.5 (p<.01, 5.60 +- 2.17; 8.13 +- .835) and 15 (p<.01, 6.20 +- 1.14; 7.86 +- .90) minutes during the ECP compared to the TRT. Time to Completion was significantly higher for the TRT group (p<.01, 42.05 min +- 2.28; 17.98 min +- 5.68), but Time Under Tension was not significantly different between the protocols. Due to ECP creating similar lactate responses in a shorter time period it may be feasible to prescribe these advanced types of programs to individuals who are unable to devote the normally recommended time to exercise each week. Future research is needed to determine if the results seen in this study can be translated across populations.


extreme conditioning protocols, traditional resistance training, blood lactate, perception of exercise intensity, time under tension

Subject Categories

Health and Medical Administration


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