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Meaning of progressive-resistance exercise

pro•gres'sive-re•sist'ance ex"ercise

Pronunciation: (pru-gres'iv-ri-zis'tuns), [key]
  1. exercise or a program of exercises that builds physical strength, esp. in a weak or injured bodily part, through the lifting of progressively heavier weight according to a formula based on the subject's maximum strength at the starting point.
  2. any specific exercise of this type.
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