Singapore, 07 October 2021 – A research publication titled: Effectiveness of a community-delivered pneumatic machine resistance training programme (Gym Tonic) for older adults at neighbourhood senior centres – a randomized controlled trial, jointly authored by Shuen Yee Lee, Alycia Goh, Ken Tan, Pei Ling Choo, Peck Hoon Ong, Wai Pong Wong & Shiou-Liang Wee, was accepted and published in European Review of Aging and Physical Activity.
While resistance training with pneumatic machines attenuates the age-associated loss in muscle strength and function in older adults, the effectiveness of scaled-up pneumatic machine resistance training in the community is not known. This paper outlines the evaluation of the effectiveness of a multi-site community-delivered 12-week pneumatic machine resistance programme (Gym Tonic) on muscle strength and physical function in older adults.
The findings extend upon earlier laboratory studies on the benefits of resistance training with pneumatic machines on muscle strength and function, that these training programmes have high adherence, can be scaled-up, and be effectively delivered by community providers at neighbourhood senior centres. Future studies could examine if including other multi-modal function-specific training to complement Gym Tonic programme can achieve better physical function in other balance, endurance and power-related tasks.
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