The effect of progressive resistance training in rheumatoid arthritis

With our medical rehab equipment and a specialized protocol we are able to work with those who are physically compromised. Some of those we have worked with are those with strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, lupus, hip, knee, and shoulder replacements, and rheumatoid arthritis. We have worked with dozens of people in their eighties and have worked with those as old as 95 years old. I point this out because people shy away from strength training because it's thought to be stressful and can cause injury. True, but if you have people who know what they are doing the opposite will happen. Case in point, see below:

In this study, The effect of progressive resistance training in rheumatoid arthritis. Increased strength without changes in energy balance or body composition. Researchers had eight young and eight elderly subjects with rheumatoid arthritis who were otherwise healthy undergo 12 weeks of high-intensity progressive resistance training.

Subjects with rheumatoid arthritis had significant reductions in self-reported fatigue score, pain score, improved 50-foot walking times, and improved balance and gait scores.

They conclude: “High-intensity strength training is feasible and safe in selected patients with well-controlled RA and leads to significant improvements in strength, pain, and fatigue without exacerbating disease activity or joint pain.”

Our fitness trainers at New Orleans Personal Trainers and at Austin TX Personal Training can guide you through an effective strength training program that will take less than an hour a week and achieve life-changing results.