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Changes in Plasma Aldosterone and Electrolytes Following High-Volume and High-Intensity Resistance Exercise Protocols in Trained Men

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Boone, CH, Hoffman, JR, Gonzalez, AM, Jajtner, AR, Townsend, JR, Baker, KM, Fukuda, DH, and Stout, JR. Changes in plasma aldosterone and electrolytes following high-volume and high-intensity resistance exercise protocols in trained men. J Strength Cond Res 30(7): 1917–1923, 2016—Program variables such as training intensity, volume, and rest interval length are known to elicit distinct hormonal, metabolic, and physical responses. However, little is known regarding resistance exercise (RE) program design and the fluid regulatory response. This investigation aimed to compare the plasma aldosterone (ALD), electrolyte, plasma volume (PV), and osmolality (Posm) responses following high-volume (HV; 4–6 × 10–12 reps, 70% 1 repetition maximum [1RM], 60-s rest) and high-intensity (HI; 6 × 3–5 reps, 90% 1RM, 180-second rest) RE protocols. Ten experienced, resistance-trained men (24.7 ± 3.4 years; 90.1 ± 11.3 kg; 176.0 ± 4.9 cm) performed each protocol in a random, counterbalanced order. Blood samples were obtained at baseline (BL), immediately (IP), 30 minutes (30P), and 1 hour (1H) postexercise. Significant trial × time interactions (p < 0.01) were observed in Posm, sodium (Na+), and potassium (K+), whereas a trend (p = 0.06) was observed for ALD. The PV shift from BL-30P was greater than BL-IP and BL-1H (p ≤ 0.05), but no significant between-trial differences were noted. Comparisons between RE protocols revealed significantly greater (p ≤ 0.05) elevations during HV vs. HI in Posm at IP, 30P, and 1H; and Na+ at IP and 30P. During HV, significant reductions (p ≤ 0.05) were noted in K+ at IP compared with HI. Area under the curve analysis indicates a trend (p = 0.07) toward a higher ALD response following HV compared with HI. Results of this study indicate that high-volume, moderate-intensity resistance exercise seems to augment the fluid regulatory response to a greater extent than low-volume, high-intensity training.
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Keywords: fluid regulation; osmolality; plasma volume; potassium; sodium

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2016

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