Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science - Kinesiology


Kinesiology and Health Science

First Advisor

Dr. Todd Whitehead

Second Advisor

Dr. Eric Jones

Third Advisor

Dr. Dustin Joubert

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Luis Aguerrevere


Resistance deception during training is a lightly researched topic and is seen as a modification that can potentially act on central control during exercise. Studies that have observed effects of deception while training have yielded mixed results. The effects of deception on strength, muscular endurance, and perceived exertion and the mechanisms of action that may elicit changes are still unclear. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine the effects of resistance deception on muscular strength, muscular endurance, and perceived exertion in a trained population. Eight participants finished the study and underwent four trials, one of which was a baseline trial, that consisted of one-rep max and repetitions to failure testing, with 60% of one-rep max, on bench press. Ensuing three experimental trials consisted of the bench press tests but in deceived/masked conditions. One trial was a 5% increase in weight, one trial was a 5% decrease in weight, and the third trial consisted of a weight that was equivalent to that of baseline. Repetitions, bar speed, and perceived exertion were monitored during each trial. During the deceived equivalent weight trial, participants significantly increased the number of repetitions and mean bar speed during the repetitions to failure test and experienced significantly decreased perceived exertion during the one-rep max lift. These findings indicate deception during training can acutely enhance performance outcomes.

Key words: Resistance deception, muscular strength, perceived exertion, muscular endurance

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