Strength Training: Methods, Health Benefits and Doping

Cleber Ferraresi, PhD (Editor)
Federal University of São Carlos, Department of Physical Therapy, São Carlos (SP), Brazil

Danilo Rodrigues Bertucci (Editor)
Laboratory of Exercise Physiology, Department of Physiological Sciences, Federal University of Sao Carols, San Carlos, Brazil

Series: Physical Fitness, Diet and Exercise
BISAC: HEA007000



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Before thinking about which exercises, frequency and intensity should be used in strength training programs to achieve muscle strength, promote a healthy lifestyle, hypertrophy or improve athletic performance, we should understand firstly how a muscle contraction happens. The aim of this book is to provide you with a basic to advanced understanding about several physiological systems involved in muscle contraction: physiological adaptations for exercises, especially strength exercises; molecular responses; methods of training; nutrition and muscle performance; muscle recovery; benefits of strength exercises to human health; and which drugs are commonly used for doping in different sports.

Chapter One of this book will review all of the most important cells, structures and processes involved in muscle contraction, such as neurons cells, synapses, motor units, general and molecular mechanisms of muscle contraction. Chapter Two will describe the most important bioenergetics pathways of energy supplies required for muscle contraction. After understanding how muscle contraction happens and how energy is supplied, the reader will discover principles, methods and physiological adaptations of skeletal muscles to strength trainings within Chapters Three, Four and Five. In particular, Chapter Four will provide a friendly and detailed account of molecular adaptation in skeletal muscles to different exercises, discussing differential gene expression and the effects of different exercises in different populations and disorders. This book also points out a very important and detailed factor concerning cryotherapy in Chapter Six, one of most common strategies used to promote muscle recovery.

Specific orientations regarding nutrition and muscle performance are presented in Chapter Seven, while doping and different drugs used to increase muscle performance in several sports introduce Chapter Eight. Finally, Chapter Nine describes the benefits of strength training to diabetic, hypertensive, obese and myopathic patients. We strongly believe that all knowledge within this book is essential for all professionals working to promote the health of patients and increase physical performance of athletes or their clients, as well as for all people linked to sports and physical activity in some way.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1
Neuromuscular Physiology
(Cristiani Gomes Lagoeiro, Luísa Cedin, Department of Physiological Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil)

Chapter 2
Bioenergetics of Muscle Contraction
(Fernando Fabrizzi, Anselmo Colombo de Alencar, Cleber Ferraresi, Physical Education, Centro Universitário Católico UniSalesino Auxilium – UniSALESIANO Araçatuba, São Paulo, and others)

Chapter 3
Physiological Adaptations to Strength Training
(Markus Vinicius Campos Souza, Danilo Rodrigues Bertucci, José Campanholi Neto, Department of Physiological Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 4
Molecular Effects of Strength Training on Skeletal Muscle
(Fabiano Candido Ferreira, Gustavo Henrique Rigo Canevazzi, Júlio César Conceição Filho, Luciane Magri Tomaz, Natalia Santanielo Silva Magosso, Department of Physiological Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 5
Methods of Training to Increase Muscle Strength and Hypertrophy
(Rodrigo Magosso, Nuno Manuel Frade de Sousa, Anderson D. S. Lino, Mateus Moraes Domingos, Department of Physiological Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 6
Cryotherapy: Effect on Muscular Recovery
(Amilton Vieira, João Batista Ferreira-Junior, Martim Bottaro, College of Physical Education, University of Brasília, Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 7
Nutrition and Muscle Performance
(Daiana Vianna, Marina Rodrigues Barbosa, Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 8
Doping: Different Drugs Generally used in Sports
(Luísa Cedin, Anderson D. S. Lino, Rodrigo Magosso, Department of Physiological Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 9
Benefits of Strength Training to Health: Special Populations and Treatment of Diseases
(Danilo Rodrigues Bertucci, Nuno Manuel Frade de Sousa, Markus Vinícius de Campos, Camila Bosquiero Papini, Department of Physical Education, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil, and others)


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