Benefits of Weight Training at Any Age

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Resistance training can enhance muscle mass and function even in 90 year old subjects (McComas 2005). Individuals over the age of 90 have been shown to make significant strength gains on a weight training program (Fiataron et al. 1990). Furthermore, long term involvement in weight training appears to increase absolute strength capabilities and slow down strength loss.

Muscular power improved significantly in the elderly (average age of 77 years) when performing high velocity resistance training. The largest power improvements were seen on leg press exercise, performed with 60-70% of body weight. The power improvements were associated with significant improvements in walking ability.

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