Strength Training Reduces Resting Blood Pressure in 65 to 75 Year Old Men and Women

By Ty Sevin, Aug 30, 2021

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G.F. Martel, D.E. Hurlbut, M.E. Lott, J.T. Lemmer, F.M. Ivey, S.M. Roth, M.A. Rogers, FACSM, J.L. Fleg, B.F. Hurley, FACSM, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (Sponsor: B.F. Hurley, FACSM).

Objectives

To determine the effects of heavy strength training on resting blood pressure in 65 to 75 year olds, researchers studied 11 men aged 67-71 years, and 10 women aged 65-71 years before and after six months of whole body strength training. Five sedentary middle-aged men served as inactive controls. Blood pressure measurements were taken on 6 separate days both before and after training in the strength training subjects and for 12 separate days in the controls. Keiser K-300 machines were used for both the strength training and for the one repetition maximum test.

Results

Substantial increases in the one repetition maximum test were observed for upper and lower body muscle groups in strength training men and women. Systolic blood pressure was reduced significantly in men, but not in women. Diastolic blood pressure was reduced significantly following training in both men and women. No significant differences were seen in the control group for systolic or diastolic blood pressure.

Summary

These results indicate that strength training may lower diastolic resting blood pressure in 65-75 year old men and women, and systolic blood pressure in men. This has implications for helping control hypertension.

Keiser Equipment Used

Leg press, chest press, leg curl, leg extension, lat pull down, shoulder press, upper back, hip abductor, triceps and abdominal machines.

Published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1995, American College of Sports Medicine.

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About the author

Ty Sevin

Director of Human Performance, Education and Research

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With over 25 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and Olympic levels, Ty Sevin is one of the most influential track and field coaches in the country. Ty has worked for the United States Olympic Committee, serving as the Director of the Track and Field Residency Program at the USOC Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. He has also served as an assistant coach for Team USA on three separate occasions, for both the men’s and women’s teams. Ty himself was a four-time U.S. Olympics Trials qualifier in javelin. Ty most recently spent four years as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Texas at Austin for both the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Prior to that, he led the men’s and women’s track and cross-country teams at the University of New Orleans and McNeese State.

Currently, Ty applies his vast industry experience to the role of Director of Human Performance, Research and Education for Keiser Corporation, where he consults with college and professional sports teams regarding the utilization of Keiser strength equipment. He is also responsible for creating educational curriculum relating to human performance and overseeing Keiser research projects