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The short-term training and detraining effects of supervised versus unsupervised resistance exercise in aging adults

Orange, Samuel T.; Marshall, Phil; Madden, Leigh A.; Vince, Rebecca V.


Samuel T. Orange

Leigh A. Madden


This study compared the effects of a 4-week supervised (SUP) and unsupervised (UNSUP) resistance training programme followed by 12 weeks of detraining (DET). Thirty-six healthy aging adults (age: 53.6 ± 3.6 years; body mass index: 28.3 ± 5.1 kg/m2) were randomly allocated to a SUP group (n = 17) or an UNSUP group (n = 19). Participants completed three training sessions per week using resistance bands and body weight movements. Measures of physical performance were administered at baseline, at the end of the training programme, and after the DET period. Function was assessed with the six minute walk test (6MWT), timed up-and-go (TUG), 30 s chair sit-to-stand (STS), stair-climb test (SCT), 40 m fast-paced walk test (FPWT) and sit-and-reach test (SRT), whereas the isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) and hand grip test were used to measure muscle strength. Following training, improvements in performance were found in the 6MWT, TUG, 30 s chair STS, SCT, FPWT, SRT, and IMTP (p < 0.05), with no significant differences between groups (p > 0.05). In addition, the majority of training-induced improvements remained significantly above baseline values after the DET period (p < 0.05). No significant between-group differences were observed following training or DET (p > 0.05). Four weeks of either SUP or UNSUP resistance training is sufficient to substantially improve muscle strength and function in aging adults, and these gains are largely preserved following prescribed exercise cessation. Home-based resistance training appears to be a practical and effective alternative to traditional SUP programmes that may help circumvent many barriers to physical activity in aging adults.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 6, 2018
Journal Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Print ISSN 1064-8011
Electronic ISSN 1533-4287
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation Orange, S. T., Marshall, P., Madden, L. A., & Vince, R. V. (2018). The short-term training and detraining effects of supervised versus unsupervised resistance exercise in aging adults. Journal of strength and conditioning research,
Keywords Physical therapy; Sports therapy and rehabilitation; Orthopedics and sports medicine; General medicine
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Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of strength & conditioning research, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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