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Excerpt — Fitness Professional's Guide to Strength Training Older Adults-2nd Edition

Training frequency requirements for older adults

Training consistency and frequency are essential for strength training progress.

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Alternatives to free-weight and machine exercises

Weight training equipment intimidates some older adults. For others, budget constraints make membership in a fitness facility or the purchase of strength training equipment impractical. The exercise procedures described in this chapter should enhance your clients’ strength training experiences and reduce the likelihood of injury, and they are inexpensive.

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Strength training older adults with obesity

Over two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2004), with many estimates even higher (ACSM 2010).Fortunately, sensible strength training can remediate this situation (Campbell et al. 1994; Westcott 2009).

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