Older adults benefit from Flywheel Training
Unfortunately, muscle strength and -power decrease with aging. This affects daily living, stability, posture and therefore mobility. Research however shows that flywheel training is very suitable for elderly who want to reduce this decrease in strength and power. They can even become stronger and gain better results with flywheel training, compared to “traditional training” with e.g. free-weights.
Aging lowers muscle strength
Muscle strength is associated with a good stability, posture and mobility. Muscle power comes in handy when climbing stairs, rising from a chair and walking. However, both strength and power tend to decrease 1 – 1,5% per year from the ages of 50—70 years old. That is not what we want!
How to prevent muscle strength loss when aging
Literature shows that eccentric strength – the kind of strength needed for flywheel training – decreases more slowly than concentric strength (the kind of strength needed for traditional weight training). This is one of the reasons why older adults are better able to keep exercising with flywheel training than with free-weight training.
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