Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Human Kinetics Publishers Inc

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

RAS ID

3588

Comments

This article was originally published as: Galvao, D. A., Newton, R. , & Taaffe, D. (2005). Anabolic responses to resistance training in older men and women: A brief review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13(3), 343-358. Original article available here

Abstract

Resistance training has been shown to be the most effective exercise mode to induce anabolic adaptations in older men and women. Advances in imaging techniques and histochemistry have increased the ability to detect such changes, confirming the high level of adaptability that remains in aging skeletal muscle. This brief review presents a summary of the resistance-training studies that directly compare chronic anabolic responses to training in older (>60 years) men and women. Sixteen studies are summarized, most of which indicate similar relative anabolic responses between older men and women after resistance training. Relatively small sample sizes in most of the interventions limited their ability to detect significant sex differences and should be considered when interpreting these studies. Future research should incorporate larger sample sizes with multiple measurement time points for anabolic responses.

 
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