- The health benefits of resistance training clearly suggest that resistance training is vital for overall health and should be included in the design of training programs for youth, adults, and older persons.
- The concept of an individualized resistance training program for all persons indicates that current exercise guidelines provide scientific direction to practitioners, but true optimal success will only be achieved through individualized assessment and consideration of a person's health status and goals.
“Humans have evolved and adapted for a wide range of unique physical activities, such as long-distance running and walking in the heat, carrying, digging, and throwing projectiles.”
“Higher levels of exercise intensity are associated with greater improvements in A1c.”
“In boys and girls, resistance training may also lead to a positive attitude by increasing self-esteem and confidence levels.”
“For lifelong progression in resistance training, variation, or a systematic alternation of the program, is needed.”
“Importantly, data now show that youth with low muscular fitness are at increased risk of maintaining a low muscular fitness level into adulthood.”
Len R. Kravitz, Ph.D., CSCS, is an associate professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico. His current research focuses on energy metabolism, exercise product evaluation, energy expenditure, and exercise program measurement and assessment.
Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.