Exploring Responses to a Novel Resistance Exercise Protocol Designed to Elicit Muscle Damage

The purpose of this study is to determine the changes in exercise performance and muscle damage following an exercise trial. Additionally, we will examine changes in ratings of soreness from pre-exercise to several time points post-exercise to determine how the exercise impacts on performance and soreness.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Healthy active male or female between the ages of 18-40 years old
  • Healthy as determined by the PAR-Q+, medical history questionnaire, and menstrual status questionnaire.
  • Participants will be required to be actively resistance training for a minimum of 6 months as defined by 3 resistance training sessions (muscle strengthening activities such as free weights, weight machines, or calisthenics, etc.) per week with at least one lower body session as determined by the training history questionnaire.
  • Female participants will be required to be premenopausal, with an identifiable onset of menses (early follicular phase) as determined by the menstrual status questionnaire.
  • Female participants will be required to be nonpregnant and not intend on becoming pregnant for the duration of their participation.
  • Willing to adhere to all pre-testing visit instructions including abstaining from exercise and alcohol, and limit caffeine consumption to ≤ 300mg for at least 24 hours prior to each testing visit.

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Individual does not provide consent to participate in this study.
  • Deemed unfit to participate in the study protocols via the PAR-Q+, medical history questionnaire, training history questionnaire, and/or the caffeine consumption questionnaire.
  • Regularly taking any type of prescription or over-the-counter medication which might affect the assessments, or having any chronic illnesses, which require medical care.
  • Not currently meeting requirements for resistance trained status.
  • Current known pregnancy or intend to become pregnant during the study period.
  • Not regularly having periods or amenorrheic, as determined by the menstrual status questionnaire.

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UCF IRB#: 00006378
PI: Jessica Moon
Recruitment End Date:
June 15, 2024
Education Complex
12494 University Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 4
Point of Contact:
Jessica Moon
Faculty Advisors:
Adam J. Wells
Associated Units:
Health Sciences
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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