• Safe exercise for seniors
    Exercise,  Fitness tips,  Professional

    Risky strength training, movements, and flexibility exercises for Older Adults

    Seniors vary in function The older adult can vary in functional capacity ranging from master’s athletes to frailty. Given this, exercise programming has a high degree of individualization and specificity. There is a stereotyping that older adults should partake only in mild exercise programs due to weakness and frailty associated with aging. This is not the case, the older adult may successfully and safely participate in resistance training programs and with proper progression can achieve significant intensity (Baechle & Earle, 2008; Fleck & Kraemer, 2014; McArdle, Katch, & Katch, 2015). Seniors should not be automatically relegated to automatic gentle exercise.  Rather, incorporating proper screening and assessment, warm-up and cooldown, expert…

  • Do strength training and cardio play well?
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Do strength training and cardio play well?

    Integration of different modes of exercise in relation to training goals should be taken into consideration before prescribing a total conditioning program. Different blends of exercise training modes can either enhance or hurt gains of specific fitness-related adaptations. There is potential for competing systems to interfere with fitness improvements during concurrent training. Possible explanations for non-compatibility include genetic ceiling, problems when an activity requires recruitment of similar muscle fiber types, changes in cardiovascular, immune, neuroendocrine systems that support skeletal muscle, conflicts in cellular adaptation in skeletal muscle, overreaching or overtraining, and conflicts related to support needs for systems to recover (Baechle & Earle, 2008; Fleck & Kraemer, 2014). The exercise…