The Ultimate Science-Based Resistance Training Routine for Older Adults – HITUNI
Updated: Aug 6
There’s a new study out by James Steele et al. regarding more successfully-adhered to training protocols for older adults. “Our hope is that discussion of these specific recommendations, and provision of an example minimal dose workout, will promote resistance training participation by persons who might otherwise have not engaged. We also encourage medical professionals to use this information to prescribe resistance exercise like a drug whilst having an awareness of the health benefits and uncomplicated methods.”
These are the same protocols that I use today at Crescent City Strength. For me, it’s same as it ever was, going back to 1986 when I was a Nautilus HIT trainer. Research keeps opening our eyes to more and more benefits of HIT training, but the protocol has not significantly changed since Arthur Jones described it a half a century ago.
As usual, HITUNI does a breakdown better than I ever could, so I’m going to do the lazy (or smart?) thing and link their article with an excerpt. I hope you click through and read the whole thing, then call me if you want to get set up.
FYI, I have nothing to do with HITUNI, other recommending the site to anyone who wants to learn more about High Intensity Training. With so much exercise mis-information out there, especially about HIT, they are the REAL DEAL.
On 28th September 2017, a mini review into resistance training for older adults was published in Experimental Gerontology titled “A minimal dose approach to resistance training for the older adult; the prophylactic for aging”. This is a very exciting piece of research, thrilling for the simplicity and practicality of its conclusions and recommendations. It is the kind of paper that I want to beam into the hands of every individual over the age of 60 and every health influencer of that age group too. Scratch that, if all other resistance training research on earth was somehow decimated and just this document was left to become the blueprint from which all adults of any age begin their resistance training journey, the world of exercise would be a better place. No hype, no marketing b.s., no unnecessary complexity- just simple, safe and beneficial greatness.