A year ago, the University of California, Berkeley, researchers published a study that found that athletes who trained on dumbbell training could develop the strength needed to play professional football.
In the new study, researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University Medical Center in Rotterdam showed how a variety of dumbbell exercises can be combined to create an ideal performance stimulus, allowing the athletes to perform as well as they could.
“It is a lot of fun to have a workout with an exercise like this,” said Dr. James T. Miller, professor of exercise science and of exercise physiology and director of the Center for Functional Biomechanics at UC Berkeley.
“This is a really good way to get your muscles primed for strength.”
Miller is the co-author of the study, published online this week in the journal PLOS ONE.
It was a collaboration between Miller and Dr. Paul G. Gaudreault, associate professor of sports medicine and director, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, at the hospital.
Gaudreaults team also worked with UC Berkeley professor of physical therapy and exercise science, Dr. Michael G. Zukoski, who is the team’s lead author.
The study included 12 professional football players, nine of whom were non-athletes, while the other 11 were athletes.
Each player underwent two weeks of training on a dumbbell machine.
During the two weeks, the athletes were instructed to complete an exercise routine that involved one of three exercises.
The exercises included:the pull-up barbell curl (3 sets of six reps);the single-leg deadlift (1 set of 12 reps);and the dumbbell row (1 sets of 10 reps).
The exercises were performed with a barbell that was held between shoulder widths.
Each session included two 10-minute rest periods before the next session.
The participants had to perform the exercises three times during the same workout period.
The researchers noted that some exercises performed better in a workout that included only the barbell and the single-legged deadlift.
However, the single dumbbell and pull-ups performed better when performed on a machine that was at least 2 inches in diameter.
“These findings are encouraging, but we need to be more realistic,” Miller said.
“What we are saying is that if you are going to perform these exercises, then they need to look really good.
If you can’t, then that’s fine.
If they look good, you’re probably not going to get as good at it.”
Researchers said the research shows that a combination of exercises that are good for the body can help athletes reach their athletic goals.
“I think it’s very clear that the dumbell is an ideal stimulus for training strength,” Miller added.
“And if you have that, then you’re going to have success.”
The study also showed that the combination of dumbell exercises is particularly effective for those who are older.
The study showed that when the researchers matched the age of the participants to their athletes’ ability, the older the athlete, the better the training was done.
The research team said that the researchers found that for some athletes, a combination can also help the body to adapt to the new training.
“If the athletes are in their early twenties, they have the ability to perform a variety and the combination is ideal for them,” Miller noted.
“But for older athletes, it’s not so good.
The exercise has to look very good, and the athletes need to get a lot more strength from that.”
The research also showed how the combination works for those that have an injury history.
“If the athlete has a major injury, the combination with the dumbells is not going.
But with a minor injury, then it is effective,” Miller explained.”
There’s a huge variety of different exercises, and if you combine them, they work.
The big question is, what happens if the athletes have an older injury history?
If the training is very high-intensity, you might get more injuries, and that’s what we’re looking at now.””
There are a lot things we can do to optimize this,” Miller continued.
“The research we did is very helpful, and I think there are a few things we need in the future to improve it.
I think it has great potential to make a big difference for many athletes.”