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Strength Training for Seniors
     

Strength Training for Seniors

by Westcott, Thomas R. Baechle, Thomas R. Baechle, Thomas Baechle
 
Research clearly shows that strength training is especially effective for older adults. Strength Training Past 50 explains and shows the most effective way for mature adults to work their muscles by presenting:
  • specific strength tests;
  • 9 safety essentials;
  • 39 age-appropriate exercises;
  • a 10-week workout plan; and
  • personalized

Overview

Research clearly shows that strength training is especially effective for older adults. Strength Training Past 50 explains and shows the most effective way for mature adults to work their muscles by presenting:

  • specific strength tests;
  • 9 safety essentials;
  • 39 age-appropriate exercises;
  • a 10-week workout plan; and
  • personalized programs for increasing muscle size, strength, and endurance.

Two world-renowned experts, Wayne Westcott and Tom Baechle, team up to present strength exercise information and prescriptions tailored to the needs of anyone over 50 years of age. This book is part of the Ageless Athletes Series published by Human Kinetics, designed to help readers stay active and feel younger every day.

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Reviewer: Steven Hoffman, PT,ATC,SCS(North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This text addresses exercise considerations for instructors who prescribe strength training for seniors.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide instructors who train older adults with a research based approach to designing strength training programs. This is a worthy objective for this area of strength training. A basic discussion of the many parameters one needs to consider when developing and overseeing fitness programs is provided.
Audience: The target audience is primarily the personal trainer and rehabilitation professional who renders service to the over 50 population group. Physical therapists, athletic trainers, physical education instructors, and physicians will also benefit from this information. The authors are both certified strengthening and conditioning coaches with a wealth of knowledge and experience in health and fitness research as well as practical training. They combine their expertise to present a book that is informative, easy to read, and applicable to all who oversee fitness programs for the over 50 individual.
Features: In addition to standard chapters on training principles, the authors include nutritional aspects for senior trainers and also information for special populations such as those with osteoporosis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The book is replete with pictures, graphs, diagrams, and demonstrations of proper/improper training techniques which provide the reader with more than enough information to design and implement a legitimate fitness program for the senior client. At the end of the text are references for each chapter, which lends to the scientific validation of the points presented. These references are up to date and plentiful.
Assessment: This book provides information previously unavailable to the health professional who oversees strengthening or conditioning training for the senior members of the population. I recommend that it be used as a resource in all commercial health facilities as well as rehabilitation clinics where information and advice are dispensed to assist the older individual in physical therapy training.
3 Stars from Doody
Steve Hoffman
This text addresses exercise considerations for instructors who prescribe strength training for seniors. The purpose is to provide instructors who train older adults with a research based approach to designing strength training programs. This is a worthy objective for this area of strength training. A basic discussion of the many parameters one needs to consider when developing and overseeing fitness programs is provided. The target audience is primarily the personal trainer and rehabilitation professional who renders service to the over 50 population group. Physical therapists, athletic trainers, physical education instructors, and physicians will also benefit from this information. The authors are both certified strengthening and conditioning coaches with a wealth of knowledge and experience in health and fitness research as well as practical training. They combine their expertise to present a book that is informative, easy to read, and applicable to all who oversee fitness programs for the over 50 individual. In addition to standard chapters on training principles, the authors include nutritional aspects for senior trainers and also information for special populations such as those with osteoporosis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The book is replete with pictures, graphs, diagrams, and demonstrations of proper/improper training techniques which provide the reader with more than enough information to design and implement a legitimate fitness program for the senior client. At the end of the text are references for each chapter, which lends to the scientific validation of the points presented. These references are up to date and plentiful. This book provides informationpreviously unavailable to the health professional who oversees strengthening or conditioning training for the senior members of the population. I recommend that it be used as a resource in all commercial health facilities as well as rehabilitation clinics where information and advice are dispensed to assist the older individual in physical therapy training.
Booknews
Provides instructors of older adults with principles for safe and successful strength training programs. Covers general guidelines, teaching strategies and training procedures, standard free-weight and machine exercises, sample free-weight and machine workout programs, alternative exercises, assessment, special population training, and nutrition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873229524
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.44(d)

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