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Physical activity and successful aging
10th International EGREPA Conference

European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity

14.09. - 16.09.2006 in Köln

Current results of strength training regimes in the elderly

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  • corresponding author P. Preuss - University of Bonn, Germany
  • A. Greiwing - Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany

Physical activity and successful aging. Xth International EGREPA Conference. Cologne, 14.-16.09.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. Doc06pasa023

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Published: December 18, 2006

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This selected symposia presents research of young investigators. The preliminary lecture of Andreas Greiwing gives a methodical review of strength training and points out the relevance of resistance training in the elderly. Besides the recommendation of the ACSM the speaker will accentuate the importance of metabolic stress and draw conclusions for practical performance. Osteoporosis is a main topic for elderly women and the preventive effects of resistance training in this regard are well known. To enhance mechanical stress, Olja Männer examines an eccentric accentuated strength training regime and compares it to an usual isotonic resistance training program. Variables of interest are maximum isometric strength and bone mineral density. The special population of women affected by the fibromyalgia syndrom is the research topic of Jens Felder. Only a few studies analysed the effect of strength training on this special topic. The researcher evaluates the effects of strength training on strength performances and perception of health. Anika Stephan observes the subjective sense of strain (Rating of Perceived Exertion, RPE) in the elderly following two different strength training regimes (single-set vs. multiple-set training). This will be particularly interesting bearing in mind that the activation of muscle hypertrophy might be stimulated by local muscular fatigue. The more demanding occurrence of single-set training will be regarded by Hannes-Nils Unger. The effects of a hypertrophy orientated high intensity training (HIT) by using bodybuilding techniques on maximal strength and performances of activity of daily living has not been discussed in sport science so far.