Ann Buszard once couldn't get out of a chair, according to her Starting Strength trainer. But now, the 76-year-old woman has beaten all odds. She deadlifted 200 pounds in front of a cheering crowd at the United States Strengthlifting Federation Fall Classic in Illinois.
Although a minority of older US adults met strength training (ST) recommendations, guideline-concordant ST is significantly associated with decreased overall mortality. All-cause mortality may be significantly reduced through the identification of and engagement in guideline-concordant ST interventions by older adults
Strength training is physical activity intended to increase muscle strength and mass... In 2004, strength training was least prevalent among those aged >65 years (14.1% among men; 10.7% among women). Prevalence of strength training among men and women decreased significantly as age increased (p<0.001. However, men aged >65 years had a significant increase in prevalence during 1998--2004, and women aged 25--34, 45--64, and >65 years had significant increases during the same period.
Within a month of learning how to lift weights, she noticed she had more energy without needing as much sleep, she felt far less stressed out, and she saw her body tone up fast... "Strength training is the only way you’re going to truly be able to sculpt the physique of your personal dreams."
"It just goes to show that with a little guidance and a lot of determination you're capable of anything."
- Karl Schudt (Starting Strength coach)
The Barbell Prescription: An Exercise Medicine To Fight The Effects of Aging
"A growing body of published research shows that strength training is the most important form of exercise for those in their 40s and beyond."
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