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Post Activation Potentiation

Post-activation potentiation (PAP) is a phenomenon in which a muscle's force is acutely increased as a result of its contractile history. Learn how to optimize inter-set rest periods, total reps, load, and volume to improve your performance in exercises like box jumps and back squats.

Post-activation potentiation (PAP): A phenomenon in which a muscle’s force is acutely increased due to its contractile history (1). For example, an individual may attempt to improve vertical jump height (box jumps ) by first performing a set of low-volume, heavy back squats . Further research is needed to optimize inter-set rest periods, total reps, load, and volume.

  1. Robbins, D. W. (2005). Post-activation potentiation and its practical applicability: a brief review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 19(2), 453.




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