Older adults' experiences of a strength training program


Hennessy C, Sharon B, Brandon L & Boyette L (1997) Older adults' experiences of a strength training program. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 1 (2), pp. 103-108.

Despite the recognized benefits of strength training in preventing physical and functional decline among older adults, little information exists on their views of this exercise modality. This study used focus groups to obtain an in-depth understanding of older adults' attitudes and concerns about a strength training intervention and to identify factors that determined their adherence to this exercise program. Three focus groups were conducted with 24 former participants after the completion of the 16-week intervention. Major themes that emerged from the focus group discussions were categorized according to Dishman, Sallis, and Orenstein's [1] framework of factors influencing adherence, including personal, activity, and environmental characteristics. The most frequently reported factors were enjoyment of strength training, accessibility of the exercise facility, and the social reinforcement provided by exercise leaders and partners. Recommendations for strength training program development with older adults are discussed in light of these factors.

Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging: Volume 1, Issue 2

Publication date31/12/1997