What does training to failure actually achieve?

Another great one from Chris Beardsley at Medium.com Over the last few years, researchers have discovered that it is possible to achieve meaningful muscle growth when lifting light weights, so long as sets are performed to muscular failure. Additionally, some studies indicate that training to failure may lead to more hypertrophy than avoiding failure. Muscular failure […]

The Ultimate Science-Based Resistance Training Routine for Older Adults – HITUNI

There’s a new study out by James Steele et al. regarding more successfully-adhered to training protocols for older adults.  “Our hope is that discussion of these specific recommendations, and provision of an example minimal dose workout, will promote resistance training participation by persons who might otherwise have not engaged. We also encourage medical professionals to […]

Effect of Low vs. High Intensity Exercise Training on Biomarkers of Inflammation and Endothelial Dysfunction — PubMed

PubMed Tenório TRS, Balagopal PB, Andersen LB, Ritti-Dias RM, Hill JO, Lofrano-Prado MC, Prado WL. PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of a low vs. high intensity aerobic training on biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in adolescents with obesity. METHODS: Sixty-two adolescents with obesity (age: 15±14 years, BMI: 34.87±4.22 kg.m-2) were randomized to receive either […]

Firmer, Fitter frame linked to firmer, fitter brain — ScienceDaily

ScienceDaily.com Date:  August 15, 2017 Source:  National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Summary:  To determine why more aerobically fit individuals have better memories, scientists used magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), which measures the elasticity of organs, and found that fit individuals had a firmer, more elastic hippocampus—a region of the brain associated with memory. Scientists […]

An hour per week at the gym lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome — ScienceDaily

Less than one hour of resistance exercise training per week lowers the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). This was shown by a study involving more than 7,000 participants from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) in the USA. The beneficial effects of […]

Middle-Age Fitness Helps Ward Off Stroke Later: MedlinePlus

Study finds this one thing reduces risk by 37 percent Thursday, June 9, 2016:  Physical fitness in middle age may lower your risk of stroke after 65, a new study finds. “It is becoming increasingly clear that healthy mid-life behaviors pay off as we age, and lower our risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said […]

Regular exercise at any age might stave off Alzheimer’s: Fitness level correlates with increased blood flow to essential areas of brain — ScienceDaily

Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson PT, DPT, PhD of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain where […]

Do You Even Lift? Why Lifting Weights Is More Important For Your Health Than You Think | IFLScience

Nice to see weight training getting its due in the press. Regular participation in muscle strengthening activity such as weight or resistance training has many health benefits. However, this mode of exercise has been largely overlooked in Australian health promotion. Our recent research shows a large majority of Australians do not engage in muscle strengthening […]

Higher muscle mass associated with lower mortality risk in people with heart disease

ScienceDaily.com Date:  April 22, 2016Source:  University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health SciencesSummary:Cardiovascular disease patients who have high muscle mass and low fat mass have a lower mortality risk than those with other body compositions, researchers have found. The findings also suggest that regardless of a person’s level of fat mass, a higher level of […]