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J Strength Cond Res. 2005 Feb;19(1):16-22.

Rest-interval length affects leukocyte levels during heavy resistance exercise.

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Human Performance Laboratory, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri 63501, USA.


We sought to determine the effect of varying rest intervals on leukocyte levels during heavy resistance exercise. Nine college men completed 2 exercise bouts of 10 sets of 10 repetitions at 65% 1 repetition maximum (1RM) leg press with 1- (1MIN) or 3-minute (3MIN) rest intervals, respectively. Blood collected at rest (PRE), immediately postexercise (POST), and 1.5 hours postexercise (1.5H) was analyzed for leukocyte levels. Data were analyzed using a 2 x 3 repeated measures analysis of variance. A greater PRE-POST lymphocytosis (+83% vs. +16%, p = 0.002) and monocytosis (+47% vs. +15%, p = 0.005) was observed following 1MIN vs. 3MIN. Serum creatine kinase (CK) activity was increased to a greater extent 24 h postexercise following the 1-minute rest protocol (p = 0.022). CK was correlated (r = 0.611) to the PRE-POST lymphocytosis. We conclude that short rest intervals increase the extent of postexercise lymphocytosis and monocytosis, when total work is kept constant.

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