Bigger weights may not beget bigger muscles: evidence from acute muscle protein synthetic responses after resistance exercise Journal Articles uri icon

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  • It is often recommended that heavier training intensities (∼70%–80% of maximal strength) be lifted to maximize muscle growth. However, we have reported that intensities as low as 30% of maximum strength, when lifted to volitional fatigue, are equally effective at stimulating muscle protein synthesis rates during resistance exercise recovery. This paper discusses the idea that high-intensity contractions are not the exclusive driver of resistance exercise-induced changes in muscle protein synthesis rates.


  • Burd, Nicholas A
  • Mitchell, Cameron J
  • Churchward-Venne, Tyler A
  • Phillips, Stuart

publication date

  • June 2012