Does resistance training work for the elderly?


    These results suggest that prolonged moderate to high intensity resistance training may be carried out by healthy older adults with reasonable compliance, and that such training leads to sustained increases in muscle strength.[5]

    These results indicate that middle-aged and older men can safely participate in a total body strength training program, intense enough to produce substantial increases in muscle strength and hypertrophy, without promoting muscle soreness or significant muscle cell disruption.[6]


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