Resistance Training in Post-Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patients: a Systematic Review

Elisa Morales-Marroquin, Harold W. Kohl, Gregory Knell, Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, Sarah E. Messiah

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Resistance exercise guidelines exist for obesity but not for post-metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS) patients. Therefore, the main goal of the present study is to provide evidence to support resistance exercise guidelines for this population. A secondary goal is to evaluate the available evidence to identify gaps for future research. Nine studies evaluating the effect of resistance exercise post-MBS on strength and body composition were included. Resistance training consistently prevented strength loss and when performed by younger population (~ 35 years) also prevented lean mass loss. Combined exercise, but not strength training independently, was found to promote body fat mass loss. Resistance training should be added to post-MBS exercise programs. Sufficiently powered studies using higher volume resistance training with supportive protein consumption and diverse populations are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4071-4080
Number of pages10
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • Bariatric surgery
  • MBS
  • Resistance training
  • Strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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