Muscle function and functional ability improves more in community-dwelling older women with a mixed-strength training programme

P. Capodaglio, E. M. Capodaglio, A. Ferri, G. Scaglioni, A. Marchi, F. Saibene

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Background: Supervised training can reach a limited number of elderly people. Objective: To determine the impact of a 1-year mixed-strength training programme on muscle function (MF), functional ability (FA) and physical activity (PA). Setting: Twice-a-week hospital-based exercise classes and a once-a-week home session. Participants: Twenty-eight healthy community-dwelling men and women on the training programme and 20 controls aged over 75 years. Methods: Training with two multi-gym machines for the lower limbs at 60% of the repetition maximum (1RM). At-home subjects used elastic bands. Measurements: Maximum isometric strength of knee extensors (KE), ankle plantar flexors (PF), leg extensor power (LEP), functional reach (FR), chair rise 1 (CR1) and 10 times (CR10), bed rise (BR), six-minute walking test (6MWT), stair climbing (SC), get-up-and-go (GU&G), one-leg standing (1LS). PA was assessed with the Paqap

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005



  • Elderly
  • Functional ability
  • Mixed-strength training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing

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