WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Changing up the amount of weight they lift could help weightlifters get stronger with less effort, a new study suggests.
In traditional weight training -- called one rep max -- the maximum weight an athlete can lift dictates the weight load for all sessions.
This study compared one rep max with an approach called load velocity profile, in which athletes lift varying weights from session to session.
Over six weeks, athletes who used the load velocity profile became stronger than those who used one rep max, despite lifting less overall, according to sports scientists at the University of Lincoln, in the U.K.
The study, published recently in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research included 16 men, ages 18 to 29, with at least two...