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Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

Dr. Mike Roizen

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A Better Way to Do Physical Training

Michael Roizen, M.D. By Tuesday, 05 July 2022 04:15 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

As you age, you may slow down — whether it is from obesity, arthritis, declining muscle mass, or chronic health problems. But whatever the cause, it's generally agreed that it is not a good thing.

However, it turns out that a "slowdown" is a great technique when it's part of a power training routine.

A meta-study in the journal Geriatrics looked at 20 randomized studies to see whether strength training (lifting and lowering weights under control) or power training (lifting weights fast and lowering them slowly with control) is the best way to improve physical function for people ages 65 and over. 

Researchers from the U.S., U.K., and Canada found that if you move the weight as fast as possible in the lifting (contracting) phase and then slowly, with control, lower it as you extend your limb (say, for a count of three), you gain improved physical functioning, and you see improved muscle mass, gait speed, and balance that's equal to what's achieved with strength training.

This echoes a 2017 study that found that when people with Type 2 diabetes do low-load, high-velocity power training for six weeks, they gained muscle strength and power output, and improved physical function.

This form of low-load, high-velocity resistance training can be done using weight machines at the gym, hand weights, or even stretchy bands. 

If you're trying to stay strong and agile, it's time to try the benefits of a slow down, fast up routine. I recommend two to three 30-minute sessions a week.

© King Features Syndicate


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Researchers found that if you move the weight as fast as possible in the lifting phase and then slowly, with control, lower it as you extend your limb, you gain improved physical functioning.
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