Strength Training for Older Adults can be a tricky subject. But it doesn’t have to be. At Signum CrossFit we specialize in the 50+ demographic. We use functional and scalable strength training movements in a private environment that are adapted to our clients skill levels.
Below is a list benefits of strength training for older adults provided by Signum CrossFit.
Strength Training can Help Rebuild Muscle.
Backed by many studies we have also found that even a brief program of resistance exercise (~30 minute personal training session anywhere from 2-3 days per week) can have the effect of building muscle in our clients age, 50+.
2) Resistance training has a two-fold effect on metabolism.
Strength training has a double benefit when it comes to one’s metabolism levels. First, it increases energy usage during each training session. It also increases metabolism during the recovery phase which can be a few days after a workout. Many of our clients notice higher energy levels throughout their day.
3) Strength training Improves blood pressure levels.
High blood pressure or hypertension is caused by a long-term force of one’s blood against the artery wall. It is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Many scientific studies show a significant reductions in resting blood pressure readings after just a few months of strength training. We have also seen this with our clients that have had their blood work done after just a few months with us.
4) Bone density Improvements in older adults.
Bone loss and muscle loss are closely associated in older adults. Fortunately, strength training increases both. Many experts have proven that regular strength training is the most productive way to develop a strong and injury-resistant system.
5) Improvement in Comfort levels.
Many older adults suffer from low-back pain. This can be reduced by strengthening the lower back muscles.Strength training has also been shown to be helpful for older adults that suffer from arthritis and fibromyalgia. One of our clients is 70+ and has reported less arthritic symptoms.
6) Improves one’s mental state.
Strength training has been shown to improve things such as depression, physical self-concept, fatigue, tranquility, tension, positive engagement, and overall mood among older adults.
7) Revitalizes your muscle cells
Interval style strength training routines that we use in our facility can be characterized by high intensity strength training followed by short rests.This has been shown to increase mitochondrial content and capacity.
8) Reversing physical frailty.
Reasonable amounts of strength and resistance training can allow older elderly adults to improve strength flexibility and overall work capacity.