CSCS Practice Questions – Exercise Science Part 5

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Exercise Science, Practice Questions, Review Topics | 0 comments

At the end of the last post I introduced a new question:

If I want to maximize my testosterone levels, which resistance training goal uses the loads (%1RM) and rep ranges MOST effective for accomplishing this?

With the following options:

A.  Muscular Strength
B.  Muscular Endurance
C.  Muscular Hypertrophy
D.  Aerobic Endurance

When I read this question I can immediately eliminate options D & B, this just makes intuitive sense to me.  Why?  What do all professional bodybuilders do to increase their testosterone?  Well, they use anabolic steroids for one.  For two, they train for muscular hypertrophy and strength using progressive overload (increasing weight and/or increasing reps progressively).  So for me the question is really between two options, A or C.  When I did practice exam vol. 2 I went with my gut instincts and chose C, but this turns out to be wrong.  The correct answer is A. Muscular Strength.

The NSCA book doesn’t offer a lengthy explanation, and the difference in testosterone levels isn’t huge.  This result was proven through experimentation.  I’m going to try and remember this based on a though process: The brain controls the signaling for hormones.  Thus, the greater the load on the brain (or CNS) the greater the hormonal response.  So training for strength (85+% of 1RM for multiple reps (2-5) and multiple sets) would have a greater response.  It’s not perfect, but that’s how I’m going to choose to remember this factoid.  Post your thought process on this one to comments so we can come up with something better.

Next Question!
You are coaching a middle school football team and one of your athlete’s physicals comes back with a Tanner classification of Stage 2.  What does this classification describe?

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A.  Training status
B.  Emotional state
C.  Biological age
D.  Emotional age

Hint: Read chapter 7 in the NSCA textbook!

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