Age and gender responses to strength training and detraining
By Ed McNeely
Age may be a more important factor in strength gains than gender. A recent study examined the effects of nine weeks of strength training on groups of young and older men and women. It was found that both men and women gained strength at a similar rate. However, the younger participants, average age 25.5 years, increased their strength by 34% while the older participants, average age 68.5 years, increased their strength by 28%. The older participants also lost strength more quickly than the younger group. Following 31 weeks of detraining the younger group had lost only 8% of the strength they had gained while the older group had lost 14%. This data reinforces the importance of consistent physical activity for seniors.
Lemmer, J., Hurlbut, D., Martel, G., Tracy, B., Ivey, F. Metter, E., Fozard, J., Fleg, J., and Hurley, B. Age and gender responses to strength training and detraining. Med. Sci. Sports. Exerc. 32: pp1502-1512. 2000