Sports Medicine

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 1281–1284 | Cite as

Comment on: Volume for Muscle Hypertrophy and Health Outcomes: The Most Effective Variable in Resistance Training

  • Daniel C. Souza
  • Ricardo B. Viana
  • Victor S. Coswig
  • James P. Fisher
  • James Steele
  • Paulo Gentil
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We read with interest the manuscript by Figueiredo et al. [1]. Whilst the authors should be commended for attempting to evaluate this area, and although increasing volume showed to be an interesting strategy in selected studies, we believe it is unwise to state that this is categorically the most effective variable in resistance training (RT). The following discussion raises a few notable issues in the manuscript.

The first is that intensity of load as proposed by the authors might be inadequate for controlling RT intensity of effort [2]. Performing the same number of repetitions at a given load does not represent parity in intensity of effort, since the number of repetitions possible differs between exercises, sex and physical conditioning [3]. Additionally, it is not necessarily true that the similar adaptations between heavier and lighter loads, when performed to momentary failure (MF), are a result of the increased volume. Rather, evidence suggests that exercising to...


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Daniel Costa de Souza, Ricardo Borges Viana, Victor Silveira Coswig, James P. Fisher, James Steele and Paulo Gentil declare that they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this letter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculdade de Educação Física e DançaUniversidade Federal de GoiásGoiâniaBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Educação FísicaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil
  3. 3.Faculdade de Educação FísicaUniversidade Federal do ParáCastanhalBrazil
  4. 4.Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK

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