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Effect of Ramadan fasting on maximal bench press strength performance in trained athletes
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Paper presented at the III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science (III ICPESS 2010) on “Youth in Physical Education and Sport”, Singapore, 25 - 28 May 2010
This study examined the effects of Ramadan fasting on maximal strength performance (3 sets of bench press exercise at 85% of 1RM with three minutes of passive rest between sets) performed at three different times of the day: 1000h, 1900h and 2200h. There were no significant differences between RAM and CON for the total number of successful bench press repetitions executed over the three sets (1000h: 20.6± 1.3 vs. 19.6± 1.5; 1900h: 20.7±3.3 vs. 20.7±2.7; and 2200h: 20.9±2.9 vs. 19.2±2.6, respectively, all P>0.05 ). Post-exercise
ratings of perceived exertion (Borg's 1-10 scale) were significantly higher in the RAM vs. CON for the 1000h (7.6±0.7 vs. 6.4± 1.0: P<0.0I7) and 1900h ( 7.8±0.8 vs.6.9±0.6, P<0.017), but not for the 2200h ( 7.0±0.9 vs. 6.4± 1.5: P>0.05) session. Ramadan fasting has no negative impact on maximal bench strength performance but a greater perceived effort was required to perform the same muscular exercise in the fasted than in the non-fasted state.
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