Opportunity to Participate in a Paid Research Study Titled: “Comparing essential amino acid versus whey protein supplementation on resistance training adaptations in college-aged males”


Researchers in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University are conducting a study to examine skeletal muscle adaptations that occur over 10 weeks of weight training with or without whey protein of essential amino acid (EAA) supplementation.

You may qualify if you:

  1. are between the ages of 18-30 years with a body mass index (body mass/height squared) less than 35 kg/m2
  2. do not have known allergies to whey protein, dairy, ultrasound gel, or Lidocaine
  3. have not been actively participating in resistance training for more than 2 days/week over the past year
  4. are free of metal implants that will interfere with x-ray procedures
  5. have not had any medically necessary radiation exposure in the last year (except dental x-ray)
  6. are free of any known overt cardiovascular or metabolic disease
  7. have not consumed supplemental protein, creatine, and/or branched chain amino acids, or agents that affect hormones (testosterone boosters, growth hormone boosters, etc.) within the past 2 months
  8. are free of any medical condition that would contradict participating in an exercise program or donating a skeletal muscle biopsy (i.e. blood clotting disorder or taking blood thinners)

If you qualify and decide to participate in this research study, you will be first be asked a series of questions over email or phone related to any potential COVID-19 symptoms.

Assuming your answers allow you to participate, you will then be asked to:

  1. Report to the School of Kinesiology to provide written consent, and fill out a medical history questionnaire (-30 min)
  2. Report to the School of Kinesiology after an overnight fast to perform baseline testing (called PRE) (-2 hours) where you will perform low-dose radiation x-ray tests and other tests to assess muscle mass, donate a muscle biopsy from the outer aspect of your upper right leg, and perform strength tests.
  3. Report to the School of Kinesiology 2 times weekly over 10 weeks to perform whole-body weight training workouts ( -60 minutes each)
  4. Report to the School of Kinesiology for a visit 72 hours following your last workout complete post­intervention assessments (“POST”) (-2 hours) where you will perform low-dose radiation x-ray tests and other tests to assess muscle mass, donate a muscle biopsy from the outer aspect of your upper right leg, and perform strength tests.
  5. Report to the School of Kinesiology for a visit 24 hours following PRE and POST testing for biopsy check­ups (5 minutes each)

The total time commitment will be approximately 26 visits (30 hours) over 11 weeks.

You will be monetarily compensated in the form of a $500 check for your time commitment upon completion of the study. Partial compensation will be provided for non-completion. Partial compensation will be allowed as follows:

  • Completion of baseline testing (T1-1), but discontinuation of study: $100
  • Completion of T1 and 2-8 weeks of training before dropping the study: $200

If you are interested in participating in this study, please e-mail your name and contact information to Bradley Ruple or Mike Roberts, PhD.

Auburn University Institutional Review Board Protocol # 20-136 MR 2004