BY DAVID MCMILLAN
2013 Symposium on Student Research,
Creative Activities and Innovation Finalist
Research starts with a question, and to identify an unknown is to possess a detailed understanding of its respective topic. The process then continues with an experimental design which isolates the unknown, and after laboratory management and operation derive the intended data, interpretation and dissemination complete the endeavor. For me, this proactive experience has translated classroom knowledge into practice, enabling application of academic concepts and development of scholarly skills. The amalgamation of my work on campus, as an exercise physiologist and in the field as an exercise-based spinal cord injury recovery specialist, has inspired my pursuit of doctoral study.
About my Research
Time is cited as the number one reason for noncompliance to exercise, and thus in my first project as a primary investigator I chose to employ a practical technique in increasing the efficiency of exercise.
Metabolism, which is the sum of cellular activity, is increased both during and after exercise, the post-exercise increase occurring both acutely, in response to a single bout of exercise, and chronically, as an adaptation to repeated training. The perturbations caused by resistance exercise, or weight lifting, elicit this response to a greater extent than any other mode of training, and can be utilized in body mass management strategies.
Within resistance exercise decreasing rest (between sets and exercises) has been shown to increase acute post-exercise metabolism while decreasing time requirements of exercise, addressing two key variables in exercise. However, previous designs were methodologically and do not apply to practical workout routines performed by the general population. Therefore my investigation showed that by manipulating only rest interval in a full-body, consecutive set resistance exercise training session, post-exercise metabolism can be increased by while time requirements can be cut in half. This concomitant synergism promotes greater participation in exercise and adherence to programs thereafter.
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