Verify the influence of different exercise orders on the performance of the number of maximal repetitions in older women.
Twelve older women (65.7 ± 5.6 years, 66.9 ± 9.5 kg, 1.56 ± 0.67 m, 27.4 ± 3.6 kg/m2) underwent four nonconsecutive visits and two different orders of Resistance Training. At the first visit, the volunteers were submitted to anamnesis, anthropometric evaluation and a 10RM test. On the second visit, a re-test of 10RM was performed. On the third and fourth visits, the volunteers performed two exercise sequences: sequence A: bench press, latissimus pulldown close grip, biceps curl, triceps extension; for sequence B the order was inverted. Performance was measured by the number of repetitions in each exercise. To determine differences in performance for sequence A vs. sequence B, repeated measures were performed by two-way ANOVA followed by the Tuckey post-hoc test.
The number of repetitions of each exercise varied significantly for the bench press, biceps curl and triceps extension between the exercise sequences.
The order of the exercises performed in a resistance training session can affect the performance in the number of repetitions in older women.
Muscle Strength; Weight Lifting; Older People; Physical Fitness