Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "

about us






Strength training gets rid of listlessness

That old excuse "I've no energy left to go training" has been scientifically disproven years ago. Sports scientists at the University of Georgia did an experiment with fourteen women and discovered that weight training actually gives you energy.


Strength training gets rid of listlessness
Half of the world complains of fatigue and listlessness think of all the energy pills, snacks and drinks that get consumed. Not a good scene, the researchers thought to themselves. Surely it would be better if all those tired and listless people went and did something. Training in a gym, for example? Wouldn't they feel more energetic if they did so?

To answer these questions the researchers did an experiment with women who lead a sedentary life. The women did nothing for one session, the next time they trained their main muscle groups at 15 percent of their 1RM thats a light training session. The next time they trained their muscles at 70 percent of their 1RM a serious weight training session.

Every eleven minutes the researchers asked their subjects how tired or energetic they felt. They did the same again 20 and 30 minutes after the training session had finished.

The weight training did not tire the women out. In fact, they felt more energetic than after doing nothing.

Strength training gets rid of listlessness

Training with light weights was better for getting rid of tiredness than the serious stuff, but even the heavy training session gave the women a subjective feeling of more energy than it had cost them.

The researchers also asked the women how strong and energetic they felt. The responses here indicated that the heavy training had a slightly greater effect than the light training, shown in the figure below.

Strength training gets rid of listlessness

The researchers think that the effect may be a placebo effect. But so what does that matter in this case?

J Sports Sci. 2009 May; 27(7): 701-9.

Feeling tense? Need more energy? A short training session is more effective than resting 19.08.2015
Fit but mentally tired athlete performs less well 17.06.2009

Resistance Training

Boss who does weight training is a nicer boss
The researchers questioned students who had worked about their experiences with their managers. Had the students been humiliated? Threatened? Harassed?

Strength training works as medicine for schizophrenia
If people with schizophrenia do an hour-long workout twice a week in a fitness centre or gym the severity of their symptoms will decrease.

Stop worrying, go and start strength training
Strength training with short pauses between sets is especially good for reducing your worries.