School of Biomedical Sciences

Does a new exercise training machine promote greater strength gains without increasing exercise demand?

You are being invited to take part in a research study which is looking to investigate the training responses that occur with different forms of exercise:

  • concentric - shortening muscle contractions, such as walking up stairs; and
  • eccentric - lengthening muscle contractions, such as walking downhill.

A novel, new eccentric training machine called the Eccentron will be used to deliver each form of exercise.

We aim to assess the differences in exercise demand during these different types of exercise, which will likely give us an insight into how we may be able to tailor exercise interventions to enhance performance and health. In the future these results may provide a basis for studies investigating the benefits of eccentric exercise in Cardiorespiratory (CR, heart and lung disease) impaired disease populations.

We are looking for healthy, inactive or moderately active males who: ?

  • have no previous history of heart or respiratory disease
  • are aged 18-45 years
  • are free for 8 consecutive weeks.

You will benefit from:

  • being one of the first people in the UK to use this equipment
  • education on the response of your body to different forms of exercise
  • contributing to research that may help improve exercise tolerance and quality of life in clinical populations.

You will be invited to visit our research laboratories (located in the Garstang building) twice a week for 10-12 weeks to perform a range of exercise tests, each lasting approximately 45 minutes.

  • Contact: Nick Renwick, Email:, Tel: 0113 343 1669
  • Ethical approval reference number: BIOSCI 15-001
  • Closing date for participants: 01 April 2016