LUKA KOVACEVIC: Recently I have lost one client because her doctor said that over the age of 65 resistance training doesn’t have any benefit on bones (she suffers from Osteoporosis). She advised her balance training (working on balance only). I was trying to explain to her many other resistance tr. benefits but… she left the gym dissapointed.
My question is: “Is that true?” In my opinion, that’s the wrong statement.
CHARLES STALEY: The vast bulk of the available research, along with anecdotal evidence runs counter to this doctor’s opinion — resistance training has been shown to significantly improve bone density, as well as a host of other benefits including improved muscle mass and strength, just to name a few.
I have a 76 year old client who started training with me when he was 67 (and who now competes in powerlifting competitions by the way) who recently had a bone scan at a local health fair. His results? His bone density was too high for their instruments to measure.
Of course, the resistance training must be intelligently applied, but I wonder what this doctor feels is the preferred alternative to resistance training — perhaps it is NOT training?
LUKA KOVACEVIC: So, coaches should advise about exercising and doctors about “health” (medicaments) 🙂 … There is a bunch of basic strength exercises (except big compound lifts which are the best) that can “kill 2 birds with 1 stone” (strength – not max of course, and balance). Take a “split squat” or “step up” as an example…