Effects of Eccentrically Biased versus Conventional Weight Training in Older Adults

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SelvaRaj, Isaac, Bird, Stephen, Westfold, Ben and Shield, Anthony (2012) Effects of Eccentrically Biased versus Conventional Weight Training in Older Adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44 (6). pp. 1167-1176. ISSN 0195-9131 (print) 1530-0315 (online)


Introduction: We compared the effects of eccentrically biased (EB) and conventional (CONV) resistance training on muscle architecture, one-repetition maximum (1RM), isometric strength, isokinetic force–velocity characteristics, functional capacity, and pulse wave velocity in older men and women. Methods: Twenty-eight older adults participated in the study (mean ± SD: age = 68 ± 5 yr). Of these, 13 were allocated to a waitlist control, 10 of whom progressed to training (CONV, n = 12; EB, n = 13). Training was twice a week for 16 wk. EB involved three sets of 10 concentric lifts at 50% of 1RM with the eccentric portion of repetitions performed unilaterally, alternating between limbs with each repetition. CONV involved two sets of 10 repetitions at 75% of 1RM. EB and CONV were matched for total work. Isokinetic knee extensor strength was assessed across a range of velocities (0–360°·s−1). Functional capacity was assessed via a 6-m fast walk test, a timed up and go test, stair climb and descent power test, and vertical jump test. Vastus lateralis and gastrocnemius medialis architecture were assessed using ultrasonography. Results: Both EB and CONV improved 1RM (Δ23%–35%, P < 0.01). Compared to the control group, both training regimens improved 6-m fast walk (Δ5%–7%, P < 0.01) and concentric torque at 60 and 120°·s−1 (Δ6%–8%, P < 0.05). Significant improvements were evident in EB for isometric and concentric torque at 240 and 360°·s−1 (Δ6%–11%, P < 0.05), vastus lateralis thickness (Δ5%, P < 0.05), and stair climb (Δ5%, P < 0.01). Timed up and go (Δ5%, P < 0.01), stair descent (Δ4%, P < 0.05), and vertical jump (Δ7%, P < 0.01) improved in CONV. Pulse wave velocity, pennation angle, and fascicle length remained unchanged in both training groups. Conclusions: EB seems superior to CONV at increasing torque at high contraction velocities, whereas CONV seems more effective at improving some functional performance measures and vertical jump. This has important implications for preserving functional capacity.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9056
DOI 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182442ecd
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Keywords ResPubID23430, elderly, weight training, strength, functional capacity
Citations in Scopus 51 - View on Scopus
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