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The Bench Press Grip Width Does Not Affect the Number of Repetitions Performed at Different Velocity Loss Thresholds

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Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6065, Australia
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Directorate of Psychology and Sport, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT, Greater Manchester, UK
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Department of Sports Sciences and Physical Conditioning, Faculty of Education, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción 2850, Chile
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1057; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031057
Received: 4 January 2021 / Revised: 20 January 2021 / Accepted: 22 January 2021 / Published: 25 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Trends in Resistance-Training Programs)
This study aimed (I) to compare the number of repetitions that can be completed to failure (XRM) and before reaching a 15%, 30%, or 45% velocity loss threshold (XVLT) in the bench press exercise performed using different grip widths, and (II) to examine the inter-individual variability in the percentage of completed repetitions with respect to the XRM when the set volume is prescribed based on a fixed number of repetitions (FNR) and several velocity loss thresholds (VLT). Nineteen men performed four separate sessions in a random order where there was a single set of repetitions completed to failure against 75% of the one-repetition maximum during the Smith machine bench press exercise using a narrow, medium, wide, or self-selected grip widths. The XRM (p = 0.545) and XVLTs (p ≥ 0.682) were not significantly affected by grip width. A high and comparable inter-individual variability in the percentage of completed repetitions with respect to the XRM was observed when using both an FNR (median CV = 24.3%) and VLTs (median CV = 23.5%). These results indicate that Smith machine bench press training volume is not influenced by the grip width and that VLTs do not allow a more homogeneous prescription of the set volume with respect to the XRM than the traditional FNR. View Full-Text
Keywords: fatigue; resistance training; training prescription; training volume; velocity-based training fatigue; resistance training; training prescription; training volume; velocity-based training
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Pérez-Castilla, A.; Jukic, I.; Haff, G.G.; García-Ramos, A. The Bench Press Grip Width Does Not Affect the Number of Repetitions Performed at Different Velocity Loss Thresholds. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1057. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031057

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Pérez-Castilla A, Jukic I, Haff GG, García-Ramos A. The Bench Press Grip Width Does Not Affect the Number of Repetitions Performed at Different Velocity Loss Thresholds. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1057. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031057

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Pérez-Castilla, Alejandro; Jukic, Ivan; Haff, G. G.; García-Ramos, Amador. 2021. "The Bench Press Grip Width Does Not Affect the Number of Repetitions Performed at Different Velocity Loss Thresholds" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 3: 1057. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031057

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