Effects of resistance training on the sit-and-reach test in elderly women

J Strength Cond Res. 2002 Feb;16(1):14-8.


The study showed the effects of a 10-week resistance training program on flexibility of elderly women (n = 11) between 62 and 78 years of age. The control group was composed of 8 women (62 to 73 years old) who were physically inactive. Flexibility was evaluated through the sit-and-reach test, performed both before and after the training program. After an initial evaluation, individuals started a training program, which consisted of 8 exercises for the entire body, without the performance of any flexibility exercise. The training program resulted in significant increase (p < 0.001) of flexibility in elderly women (approximately equal 13%). No significant differences were found in the control group. We conclude that weight training without performance stretching exercises does increase flexibility in elderly women.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged / physiology*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Pliability
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Weight Lifting / physiology*