Sport Sciences for Health

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 127–134 | Cite as

A single multi-joint high-intensity resistance exercise involving large muscle groups elicits post-exercise hypotension in normotensive-trained women: a crossover trial

  • Yuri Alberto Freire
  • Carlos Alberto da Silva
  • Francisco José Rosa de Sousa
  • Rodrigo Alberto Vieira Browne
  • Luiz Fernando Farias-Junior
  • Daniel Schwade
  • Eduardo Caldas Costa
Original Article



The aim of this study was to investigate whether only 1 multi-joint resistance exercise involving large muscle groups can elicit post-exercise hypotension (PEH).


A randomized crossover trial was conducted with 13 normotensive-trained women (21.8 ± 2.1 years; 23.5 ± 3.1 kg/m2; blood pressure 100.4 ± 4.9/58.6 ± 5.6 mmHg). They were submitted randomly into two sessions: (a) a single multi-joint resistance exercise session (3 sets of 20 repetitions at 80% of 20 repetitions maximum performed on double-leg press machine) and (b) control session (15 min of resting in a seated position). Blood pressure (BP) was measured before and at 20, 40, and 60 min following the control and resistance exercise sessions.


It was observed a reduction in systolic BP at 40 min (4.8 ± 4.6 mmHg) and 60 min (6.3 ± 4.3 mmHg) post-exercise with a moderate magnitude (d ≥ 0.79, p < 0.05). Moreover, 10 participants (i.e., 77% of the sample) decreased at least 3 mmHg of systolic BP post-exercise. There was no change in diastolic BP and mean BP post-exercise (p > 0.05).


A single multi-joint high-intensity resistance exercise involving large muscle groups and performed within a very low time commitment elicited systolic PEH in normotensive-trained women.


Resistance training Strength exercise High-intensity exercise Blood pressure Women 



The authors are grateful for the students’ scholarships at undergraduate (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico [CNPq]), master’s (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior [CAPES]), and PhD (CAPES) levels. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of this manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures were approved by the Ethics Committee of Federal University of Ceará and were carried out in line with the Declaration of Helsinki.

Informed consent

Participants were informed about all procedures of the study and gave written informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri Alberto Freire
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carlos Alberto da Silva
    • 2
  • Francisco José Rosa de Sousa
    • 2
  • Rodrigo Alberto Vieira Browne
    • 1
  • Luiz Fernando Farias-Junior
    • 1
  • Daniel Schwade
    • 1
  • Eduardo Caldas Costa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical EducationFederal University of Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil
  2. 2.Physical Education and Sports InstituteFederal University of CearáFortalezaBrazil

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