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Updated: Aug 11, 2019

A study carried out in 2011 has suggested that weight training in later life is fundamental for

maintaining strength and motor function.

At Releaf Physio in Newcastle we are firm believers in strength training and aim to get our clients training functionally as soon as possible.

➡️ Progressive strength training in the elderly is efficient, even with higher intensities, to reduce sarcopenia, and to retain motor function.

➡️ The study showed that Strength training in the elderly (>60 years) increases muscle strength by increasing muscle mass, and by improving the recruitment of motor units, and increasing their firing rate.

➡️ Muscle mass can be increased through training at an intensity corresponding to 60% to 85% of the individual maximum voluntary strength.

📕 REFERENCE Mayer F, et al (2011).The Intensity and Effects of Strength Training in the Elderly. Dt sch Arztebl Int.108(21): 359–364.

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