A single session of resistance exercise does not reduce postprandial lipaemia

Stephen F. Burns, Heather Corrie, Ester Holder, Thomas Nightingale, David J. Stensel*

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This study investigated the effect of a single session of resistance exercise on postprandial lipaemia. Eleven healthy normolipidaemic men with a mean age of 23 (standard error = 1.4) years performed two trials at least 1 week apart in a counterbalanced randomized design. In each trial, participants consumed a test meal (1.2 g fat, 1.1 g carbohydrate, 0.2 g protein and 68 kJ·kg-1 body mass) between 08.00 and 09.00 h following a 12 h fast. The afternoon before one trial, the participants performed an 88 min bout of resistance exercise. Before the other trial, the participants were inactive (control trial). Resistance exercise was performed using free weights and included four sets of 10 repetitions of each of 11 exercises. Sets were performed at 80% of 10-repetition maximum with a 2 min work and rest interval. Venous blood samples were obtained in the fasted state and at intervals for 6 h postprandially. Fasting plasma triacylglycerol (TAG) concentration did not differ significantly between control (1.03 ± 0.13 mmol·1-1) and exercise (0.94 ± 0.09 mmol·1-1) trials (mean ± standard error). Similarly, the 6 h total area under the plasma TAG concentration versus time curve did not differ significantly between the control (9.84 ± 1.40 mmol·1-1·6 h-1) and exercise (9.38 ± 1.12 mmol·1-1·6 h-1) trials. These findings suggest that a single session of resistance exercise does not reduce postprandial lipaemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-260
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of sports sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy expenditure
  • Substrate oxidation
  • Triacylglycerol
  • Weight lifting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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