Resistance exercise order does not affect the magnitude and duration of post-exercise blood pressure in older women

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The aim of this study was to compare the effects of two resistance exercise order on post-exercise blood pressure (BP) in trained, non-hypertensive older women. Sixteen women (68.3 ± 3.3 years, 63.5 ± 11.6 kg, 157.5 ± 5.1 cm) performed two sessions with


eight exercises (3 sets of 8-12 repetitions) in distinct orders (from multi- to single-joint exercises [MS] or from single- to multi-joint exercises [SM]) and a control session, without exercise. Blood pressure and heart rate were obtained pre and post-sessions (60 min). Post-exercise hypotension was observed for systolic and mean BP in both the MS session (systolic BP: -6.9 mmHg, mean BP: -3.3 mmHg, P< 0.05) and SM session (systolic BP: -4.6 mmHg; mean BP: -1.1 mmHg). Post-exercise heart rate was higher than pre-session values until 30 min of recovery in both training sessions. Furthermore, systolic and mean blood pressure, and heart rate were lower than the values obtained in the control session (30 to 60 min and 0 min, respectively; P<0.05). There were no differences between the SM and MS sessions in any variable or at any moment. In conclusion, resistance exercise order does not interfere in the magnitude and duration of post-exercise hypotension in trained, non-hypertensive older women.

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