The potential role of pre-exhaustion training in maximizing muscle hypertrophy: A review of the literature

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Abstract

The pre-exhaustion (PE) system in resistance training is largely used by athletes and practitioners with the goal of enhancing muscular adaptations. PE consists of performing a single-joint exercise prior to a multiple-joint exercise in an effort to increase the overload (muscle activation and/or training volume) in a given muscle. Different PE approaches have been investigated in research; this review discusses the relevant literature regarding the efficacy of PE for potentiating overload and muscle hypertrophy. In general, PE does not alter the neuromuscular activity of the target muscle in multi-joint exercise, but it does allow for a greater training volume.

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