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Acute Effects of Ballistic and Non-ballistic Bench Press on Plyometric Push-up Performance

Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT 06825, USA
Department of Human Movement Sciences, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI 53186, USA
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Sports 2019, 7(2), 47;
Received: 20 January 2019 / Revised: 7 February 2019 / Accepted: 14 February 2019 / Published: 18 February 2019
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a ballistic or non-ballistic concentric-only bench press (COBP) on subsequent plyometric push-up performance. Fourteen resistance trained men completed two separate one-repetition-maximum (1RM) testing sessions followed by three randomized experimental explosive push-up sessions. These sessions combined a heavy concentric bench press with plyometric push-ups. Using a series of 3 × 10 (condition × time) repeated measures ANOVA, comparisons were made between the effects of ballistic and non-ballistic bench presses on performance of plyometric push-ups to investigate push-up performance variables. Compared with the control condition, both ballistic and non-ballistic bench presses produced lower net impulse and take-off velocity data. No differences were found between ballistic and non-ballistic conditions comparing net impulse and take-off velocity. We conclude that the magnitude of loading used in the current investigation may have caused acute fatigue which led to lower push-up performance characteristics. This information can be used to alter loading protocols when designing complexes for the upper body, combining the bench press and plyometric push-ups. View Full-Text
Keywords: bench press; ballistic; push-up; post-activation potentiation bench press; ballistic; push-up; post-activation potentiation

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Bodden, D.; Suchomel, T.J.; Lates, A.; Anagnost, N.; Moran, M.F.; Taber, C.B. Acute Effects of Ballistic and Non-ballistic Bench Press on Plyometric Push-up Performance. Sports 2019, 7, 47.

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