Strength Training for Seniors

In 2009, a large-scale study was completed with 1,644 men and women of varying ages.  They performed one set each of 10 different resistance exercises, 2 or 3 days a week, for a 10 week period.  On average the participants added 3 lbs of lean muscle weight and lost 4 lbs of fat weight.  The 65-80 age group developed muscle at the same rate as did those in the younger age groups.

 

References:

Westcott, W (1999). Fitness Professional’s Guide to Strength Training Older Adults. (Thomas R. Baechle & Wayne L. Westcott). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

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