Apparently, power training is for everyone…. including 65 to 84 year-olds.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18245765

In the study, they trained older adults with power (high speed) training or with strength (high resistance) training.  The results after 24 weeks were that the power-trained adults out-performed the strength-trained adults.  While strength training helped, power training won out.

So, this study leads us to believe that some level of power/speed training is beneficial for anyone and everyone.  Just lower the weight some and do the exercise at as fast of a speed as you safely can.  Focus on speed rather than using higher weights.

This isn’t to negate the efficacy of strength training.  Other studies done on athletes have shown that doing both strength and power training together is what leads to the best results.  However, it is short-sighted to only do strength training or to only do power training unless there is some sort of injury that you need to protect.

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