A comparison of strength and muscle endurance in strength-trained and untrained women

  • Heidi A. Huczel
  • David H. Clarke


Muscular strength and fatigability of strength-trained (ST) and untrained (UT) women were compared during a 6-min bout of maximal rhythmic exercise involving the elbow flexor muscles given at a rate of 30 contractions · min−1. Fifteen ST and 15 UT subjects, aged 18–34 years and pair-matched for body size, were tested for differences in initial strength, final strength, absolute endurance, relative endurance, and rate of fatigue. Results revealed a significant difference in initial strength, final strength, and absolute endurance in favor of ST subjects. No significant difference was found for relative endurance, and rates of fatigue were similar for both groups. It is concluded that muscular strength and endurance are enhanced in women engaged in a training program designed primarily to increase muscular strength and hypertrophy, but fatigability is not affected.

Key words

Muscular strength Muscular endurance Fatigability Women weight trainers 


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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi A. Huczel
    • 1
  • David H. Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Department of KinesiologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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