Minimally supervised home-based resistance training and muscle function in older adults: A meta-analysis

Ofer Kis, Assaf Buch, Naftali Stern, Daniel S. Moran

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

32 Scopus citations


In an attempt to define feasible means to improve compliance with current recommendations on resistance training in older subjects, published evidence on the efficacy and safety of minimally supervised home-based resistance training (MSHBRT) on muscle strength and functionality was systematically evaluated in this population segment for the first time. We performed a meta-analysis using the following data sources: MEDLINE (Ovid), EMBASE and Cochrane, with a total of 1160 subjects with a mean age of 72 ± 6.3 years. MSHBRT modestly increased lower body strength (MD 0.6 Kg, 95% CI, 0.16–1.04) in a diverse population of older adults including subjects with significant age-related diseases. Although earlier evidence indicates that larger increments in muscle performance and function can be attained through more intense and directly supervised resistance training, MSHBRT may comprise a useful and inexpensive method to preserve and even enhance lower body muscle strength in older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103909
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2019


  • Lower body strength
  • Minimally supervised home-based resistance training
  • Timed get up and go test
  • Upper body strength


Dive into the research topics of 'Minimally supervised home-based resistance training and muscle function in older adults: A meta-analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this