Resistance training improves single leg stance performance in older adults

Adam M. Gonzalez, Gerald T. Mangine, Maren S. Fragala, Jeffrey R. Stout, Kyle S. Beyer, Jonathan D. Bohner, Nadia S. Emerson, Jay R. Hoffman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


Age-associated losses in muscle mass, or sarcopenia, are marked by accompanying decrements in strength and muscle quality, impairing balance and increasing the risk for falls. Although progressive resistance training has been widely accepted as an appropriate modality for the treatment of sarcopenia, it has yet to offer consistent results in terms of improved balance. The purpose of the present research was to investigate the effects on static balance performance following a 6-week fullbody progressive resistance training program in untrained older adults. Evaluation of magnitude-based inferences indicated the progressive resistance training intervention to be likely beneficial for improving static balance performance. These results were likely related to the strengthening of all major muscle groups by the incorporation of both free weights and resistance machines in the exercise regimen. Our findings support the use of progressive resistance training for untrained older adults to improve balance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Older adults
  • Resistance training
  • Single leg stance
  • Static balance


Dive into the research topics of 'Resistance training improves single leg stance performance in older adults'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this