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Table 1 Exercise protocol

From: Physical ExeRcise Following Esophageal Cancer Treatment (PERFECT) study: design of a randomized controlled trial

Week Aerobic training Resistance training
1–3 15–20 min 40–60% HRR One set of 20–25 repetitions at 20-RM weight for each exercisea
4–8 15–20 min 60–70% HRR + 5–10 min 70–89% HRR
9–12 10 min 60–75% HRR + Interval training: 10 × 30 s vigorous to maximal exercise, alternated with a 1-min active rest. Two sets of 15–20 repetitions at 15-RM weight for each exerciseb
  1. aRowing, bench press, squat, shoulder press, biceps curl, lunges, calf-raises, triceps extension, abdominal crunch
  2. bRowing, bench press, squat, shoulder press, biceps curl, triceps extension, abdominal crunch/hoover