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Just start and keep training! What is the best resistance training prescription for strength and hypertrophy?
  1. Pascal Edouard1,2,
  2. João Pedro Nunes3,
  3. Jérôme Koral4,
  4. Jane S Thornton5,6,
  5. Joanne L Kemp7,
  6. Thomas Gronwald8
  1. 1 Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine Unit, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France
  2. 2 Inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Biology, EA 7424, Université Jean Monnet, Lyon 1, Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, Saint-Etienne, France
  3. 3 Metabolism, Nutrition, and Exercise Laboratory, Physical Education and Sport Center, Londrina State University, Londrina, Brazil
  4. 4 Laboratory of Sport, Expertise and Performance, French Institute of Sport (INSEP), Paris, France
  5. 5 Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  6. 6 Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  7. 7 Latrobe Sports Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
  8. 8 Institute of Interdisciplinary Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, MSH Medical School Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Pascal Edouard, Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine Unit, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France; Pascal.Edouard{at}

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Resistance training: the key to a robust musculoskeletal system

The maintenance of quality and efficient skeletal muscle structure and function is essential for physical function and overall health, as it provides strength and stability for bodily movement, and plays a role in numerous metabolic processes. Resistance training (RT) is established as the primary means to maintain and build muscles.1 Prescribing RT in clinical and performance settings can be challenging given the wide range of exercise and training variables (eg, intensity of load, number of sets, repetitions, velocity in both concentric and eccentric phases, time under tension and weekly frequency).2 To determine how different RT prescriptions affect muscle strength, hypertrophy and physical function in healthy adults, Currier et al 3 recently performed a systematic review and Bayesian network meta-analysis including 192 studies. Their results summarised the most up-to-date evidence with data from the last ~40 years of literature. We aim through this editorial to highlight these results and discuss their implications on the design of RT programmes for clinical and sports populations.

New insights to develop guidelines on resistance training prescriptions

The use of network meta-analysis allows for the …

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  • Contributors JLK and PE were responsible for the concept. PE was responsible for the write-up. All authors had editorial inputs into the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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