174% strength increase for nonagenarians after 8 weeks of high intensity training

From this study, High-intensity strength training in nonagenarians. Effects on skeletal muscle, the results for nine 90+ year old institutionalized volunteers after eight weeks of high intensity strength training:

  • Strength gains averaged 174%
  • mid-thigh muscle area increased 9.0%  
  • gait speed improved 48%  


The study concludes that high-resistance weight training leads to significant gains in muscle strength, size, and functional mobility among frail residents of nursing homes up to 96 years of age.

At Austin Senior Fitness Trainers and New Orleans Senior Fitness Trainerswe work with people of all ages.  We use MedX equipment, with its special medical-rehab features, we can accommodate those with limiting conditions.

Our oldest client was 95, and one of our trainers has four clients in their 80s. It is never too late to start a strength training program.