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Acute cardiovascular response after maximal cycling exercise in endurance- and strength-trained men

  • Yoko Saito1,*,
  • Mariko Nakamura2,†
  • Kazumi Eguchi2,†
  • Takeshi Otsuki3,†

1Faculty of Human Sciences, Kanazawa Seiryo University, Kanazawa, 920-8620 Ishikawa, Japan

2Department of Sports Sciences, Japan Institute of Sports Sciences, Kita-ku, 115-0056 Tokyo, Japan

3Ryutsu Keizai University, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, Ryugasaki, 301-8555 Ibaraki, Japan

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1803075 Vol.18,Issue 3,March 2022 pp.1-9

Submitted: 31 August 2021 Accepted: 04 November 2021

Published: 31 March 2022

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lifestyle modifications for men with hypertension)

*Corresponding Author(s): Yoko Saito E-mail:

† These authors contributed equally.


Background: Post-exercise hypotension is an important regulator of ambulatory blood pressure—an independent risk factor for car-diovascular disease. Although post-exercise hypotension may be associated with aerobic exercise capacity in male athletes, it has not been explored whether muscular strength or strength training affects post-exercise hypotension. To elucidate whether the cardiovas-cular responses after exercise differ between endurance- and strength-trained men, this study investigated cardiovascular indices (e.g., blood pressure, cardiac output, total peripheral resistance) before and after maximal cycling exercise in male long-distance runners, weightlifters, and sedentary peers. Methods: Ten male intercollegiate long-distance runners, nine weightlifters, and 10 sedentary peers performed maximal incremental cycling. Cardiovascular indices were measured before and at 15, 30, 60, and 90 min after the exercise. Results: The runners had remodeled hearts and higher maximal oxygen uptake, and the weightlifters had a higher resting systolic blood pressure. Blood pressure decreased after exercise in all groups. Although the weightlifters showed higher systolic blood pressure than the sedentary men throughout the experiment, the changes from baseline showed no intergroup differences in blood pressure. Cardiac output increased and total peripheral resistance decreased after exercise relative to baseline in all groups; there were no intergroup differences in changes in these measures. Conclusions: The mode of habitual exercise training may affect post-exercise hypotension similarly in endurance- and strength-trained male athletes in spite of their different cardiovascular adaptations.


Blood pressure; Endurance exercise; Post-exercise hypotension; Resistance exercise; Vascular resistance

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Yoko Saito,Mariko Nakamura,Kazumi Eguchi,Takeshi Otsuki. Acute cardiovascular response after maximal cycling exercise in endurance- and strength-trained men. Journal of Men's Health. 2022. 18(3);1-9.


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