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Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Sep;98(38):e17290. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000017290.

Can people self-select an exercise intensity sufficient to enhance muscular strength during weight training?: A systematic review protocol of intervention studies.

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1
Post-Graduate Program in Public Health.
2
Department of Public Health, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal/RN.
3
Department of Physical Education, University of the State of Rio Grande do Norte (UERN), Mossoró/RN, Brazil.
4
Center for Research in Sport, Health and Human Development, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Previous studies have reported that self-selection of the training intensity can be an interesting strategy to improve adherence in aerobic exercise programs. However, its effectiveness with weight training has not been systematically reviewed and remains unclear. In this study, we will describe a systematic review protocol that aims to investigate if people are able to self-select an intensity during weight training sufficient to enhance muscular strength.

METHODS:

This protocol is guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocols. In this study, we will search the following electronic databases: PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus, Web of Science and SPORTDiscus. Intervention studies with at least one weight training session performed at self-selected intensity, with people from both genders and all age ranges will be included. The Downs & Black checklist will be used for methodological quality assessment. Two experienced reviewers will independently perform the selection of studies, data extraction, and evaluation of the methodological quality.

CONCLUSION:

This will be the first systematic review describing the results of weight training intervention studies with self-selected intensity. This study will provide high-quality and reliable evidence for health professionals and may direct methodological recommendations for further studies.

PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER:

CRD42019120323.

PMID:
31568013
PMCID:
PMC6756739
DOI:
10.1097/MD.0000000000017290
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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