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 […]

Increased physical activity associated with lower risk of 13 types of cancer | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

A new study of the relationship between physical activity and cancer has shown that greater levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. The risk of developing seven cancer types was 20 percent (or more) lower among the most active participants (90th percentile of activity) […]

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 […]

Exercise: Future anticancer therapy? — ScienceDaily

At age 70, Alfred Roberts plays hockey twice a week. Nothing special, right? Except that for three years he has had advanced prostate cancer, which has spread to his bones. “I’ve always been active. Hockey keeps me in shape and keeps my mind off things. I’ve got friends that have played until age 80, and […]

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 […]

Training to prevent strain injury? Contraction mode matters

Or Why It’s Important To Accentuate The Negative. sciencedaily.com Date:  April 1, 2016Source:  American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)Summary:Hamstring injuries are the most common noncontact injury in elite sport. Despite increased research efforts, these injury rates continue to rise. Recent evidence has shown that short muscle fiber lengths can increase the risk of hamstring injury […]

Why you won’t lose weight with exercise alone

Humans are Priuses, not Hummers.  Otherwise we would not have survived as a species. ScienceDaily.com Date:  January 28, 2016Source:  Cell PressSummary:Exercise by itself isn’t always enough to take off the weight. Now, evidence helps to explain why that is: our bodies adapt to higher activity levels, so that people don’t necessarily burn extra calories even […]

High Intensity Training improves recovery after knee replacement surgery

PubMed Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print] High-intensity preoperative training improves physical and functional recovery in the early post-operative periods after total knee arthroplasty: a randomized controlled trial. Calatayud J1,2, Casaña J3,4, Ezzatvar Y3,4, Jakobsen MD5,6, Sundstrup E5,6, Andersen LL6,7. PURPOSE: The benefits of preoperative training programmes compared with […]