Graduation Date

Fall 2016

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Young Sub Kwon

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Sean Healy

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Mona Hass

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Between set rest intervals (RI) are one of the most important variables in resistance training; however, no known research has investigated the effects of RIs greater than 5-min during strength training (>85% of 1RM). The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of three different RIs (2, 5, and 8-minute) on training volume (kg, sets x reps x resistance) and repetition sustainability during a high-intensity bench press exercise (> 85% of 1RM). Fifteen resistance trained males (mean+sd, age = 26+5 yr, height = 161+6 cm, body mass = 79+6 kg, bench press 1RM ratio = 1.39+0.1) completed 3 experimental sessions, during which 4 sets of the bench press were performed with 85% of a 1RM load. During experimental sessions, the bench press was performed with a 2, 5, or 8-minute RI in a random counterbalanced design. Data was analyzed using both a one and two-way ANOVA with repeated measures. As sets progressed, repetitions were significantly different (p < 0.05) between all RIs and only the 8-min RI (p < 0.05) allowed for the complete sustainability of repetitions over four consecutive sets. Greater training volume (p < 0.05) was attained when subjects used an 8-min RI between sets compared to a 2 or 5-min RI. Resistance trained males, with the goal of greater volume during strength training, would benefit from longer RIs; specifically, using an 8-min RI between 4 consecutive sets of a bench press exercise.

Citation Style


2017 05-30 ltr_approval_expedited.pdf (223 kB)
IRB approval memo