Strength and body composition parameters: single versus triple set resistance training programmes

R.S. Williams, G.J. Evans, J.A. Lewis, J.S. Baker, B. Davies

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract


To analyse the effects of increasing training volume from one to three sets on muscular strength and body composition in a group of recreational weight trainers.

Training was conducted three times a week using one set
(n = 8) or three sets (n = 8) of six repetitions to fatigue using variable resistance training exercises. A battery of upper body exercises consisting of the bench press, biceps curl, and shoulder press were evaluated over eight weeks using the one repetition max method (1RM).

All training groups significantly improved muscular strength (p<0.05) with no differences observed between the one and
three set group (p>0.05). Positive decreases were also observed in body fat for the one set group only (p<0.05).

One set of high intensity resistance training was as
effective as three sets for increasing upper body muscle strength. The one set protocol also produced greater decreases in body fat in a group of recreational weight trainers over an eight week time frame.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-389
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


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