Resistance Training for Seniors

by Rob Parker |   Date Released : 01 Sep 1999
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Rob Parker

About the author: Rob Parker

Robbie is Head of the Education Unit, Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science at the New Children's Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine, New Children's Hospital, Westmead, NSW. Prior to his appointment, Robbie was Senior Lecturer in exercise science at the Australian Catholic University.

Robbie is a regular International presenter. He is currently completing his PhD on the effects of training on metabolism and lipid oxidation in pre-menopausal, sedentary obese women. His research interest is in exercise and obesity in children.

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Knapp, Robert | 09 May 2016, 00:44 AM

Why are squats discouraged for seniors? I ca see why the leg press is discouraged (closed chain), but feel squats are the best lower body exercise for quads, glutes, and hams, no matter what the age, as long as they're done properly.I am a 72 yr old fitness trainer/group ex instructor, and started 20 years ago. Currently training a couple folks in their 80's to do bodyweight squats. Works better than leg extensions. Please share your concern with squats. If it's something of which I'm unaware, I would like to know. Thanks, Bob Knapp

Magedera, Carl | 19 Jan 2011, 00:12 AM

Very valuable article that helps me get an insight into a very important area, not only for our clients, but our health too whether now or later!

In the Fiatarone et al paragraph, it is not clear to me if the strength training was done three times a week or once every two weeks.

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