Tapering allows older adults to switch focus from fitness to skill training
Tapering allows significant recovery, maximization of the fitness effect, and supercompensation. It also allows us to switch our concentration from fitness to skill training. So what’s the best way to taper?
Incorporating ADL drills into training program results in greater performace gains for older adults
To truly accomplish the purpose of translational training, we must match the motor pattern training of the translational period to the improvements made in physical performance during the preceding training cycle.
Properly timed training cycles provide motivation and maximize program adherence
The recurrent pattern of training, translation, and reassessment increases exercise adherence because it not only allows clients to see their own progress but also demonstrates how their progress is linked to the exercise prescription.
Bending the Aging Curve provides fitness professionals with a
multifaceted periodized training program specifically for older adults.
You will learn to use tests to diagnose your clients’ needs and then
prescribe training cycles with the appropriate mix of work, active
recovery, and skill practice to maximize functional improvements.
As we age, it’s natural to see some loss of strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobic endurance. But today’s aging population isn’t willing to just sit back and accept these declines. They’re looking for ways to maintain a high quality of life throughout their older years. Bending the Aging Curve: The Complete Exercise Guide for Older Adults offers a systematic approach to designing exercise programs that will help older adults bend or straighten these curves of decline, resulting in more years of strength, vitality, and independence.
Bending the Aging Curve provides fitness professionals with a multifaceted periodized training program specifically for older adults. With this book and DVD package, you will find the tools you need to help your clients slow the physical decline that can accompany aging:
Training strategies for improving body composition, flexibility, bone density, muscular strength and power, and cardiovascular fitness that can be customized to fit each client
73 translational exercises that simulate everyday activities and help older clients to translate their new strengths into improved daily function and increased independence
A series of tests that will allow you to assess your clients’ strengths and weaknesses, design programs that address their needs, and keep them motivated during their training
A spreadsheet in which you can record clients’ test results and view their percentile rankings for their sex and age groups
Videos of the translational exercises that let you and your clients see these unique activities in action to ensure accuracy and safety
Video case studies of four sample clients that show the progression from testing to targeted training to the translational exercise cycle so you can better understand how to design programs that meet your clients’ varying needs and goals
This one-of-a-kind resource presents a scientifically substantiated and practically proven training system that can extend the vitality of our aging population. Signorile offers an engaging explanation of the research behind his exercise diagnosis and prescription model while maintaining a focus on the practical components of program design. You will learn to use tests to diagnose your clients’ needs and then prescribe training cycles with the appropriate mix of work, active recovery, and skill practice to maximize functional improvements. The photos and step-by-step instructions for each of the tests and exercises found in the book and the video clips on the DVD make it easy to quickly implement this training system with your clients.
Maintaining independence as we age depends on a multitude of factors. Bending the Aging Curve offers a comprehensive approach to designing exercise interventions that address all of these factors. With its targeted strategies, you’ll be able to help your clients stay active, energetic, and self-reliant, regardless of their age.
Part I: Understanding the Aging Curves and Training Older Adults Chapter 1: The Aging Curves
The Concept of Age
The Diamond Analogy
The Aging Curves
Using Exercise to Bend the Aging Curves
Frailty and Physical Vulnerability
Prehab or Rehab: Changing the Oil or Changing the Engine?
Exercise as a Targeted Intervention: Matching the Program to the Need
Chapter 2: Testing
The Exercise Diagnosis and Prescription Model
The Exercise Diagnosis: Analysis of Needs
What Makes an Effective Test?
When to Test
Testing Activities of Daily Living
Chapter 3: Training Principles
Overload and Adaptation
Part II: Training Exercises: From Theory to Practice Chapter 4: Body Composition
The Prevalence of Obesity and Its Consequences
The Obesity Paradox
Sarcopenic Obesity and Activities of Daily Living
Sarcopenic Obesity and Fall Probability
Testing Body Composition
Training Interventions for Sarcopenic Obesity
Chapter 5: Flexibility
Defining Flexibility and the Stress–Strain Curve
Possible Causes of Declining Flexibility With Aging
Why Train for Flexibility?
Types of Stretching
Do Stretching and Flexibility Training Increase Flexibility?
Stretching, Flexibility Training, and Injury Prevention
Stretching, Flexibility Training, and Performance
Practical Aspects of Flexibility Training
Flexibility Program Design
Flexibility Training Exercises
Chapter 6: Bone, Falls, and Fractures
Structure of Bone
Factors Affecting Bone Strength
Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
Exercise Training to Prevent Osteoporosis
Better Balance and Agility
Chapter 7: Muscular Strength, Power, and Endurance Training
Sarcopenia: What Makes It Happen?
Effects of Resistance Training on the Causes of Sarcopenia
Resistance Training to Reduce the Effects of Sarcopenia
Testing Neuromuscular Performance
Resistance Training Exercises
Chapter 8: Cardiovascular Training
Increasing Cardiovascular Fitness: Benefits and Methods
Testing Cardiovascular Fitness
Cardiovascular Training and Program Design
Part III: Putting the Program Together Chapter 9: Periodized Training
Periodization: The Underlying Theories
Fatigue During Time-Based Training Cycles
Controlling the Fitness–Fatigue Balance During Training
Applied Periodization Using Specific Training Cycles
Chapter 10: The Translational Cycle: Active Recovery Meets Functional Practice
Basic Concept of the Translational Cycle
Translational Cycles and Periodization
Timing of Translational Cycles
Motor Learning Drills: The Need for Progression
Matching Translational and Training Cycles
A reference for personal trainers, fitness instructors, health
educators, activity directors, and other health and fitness
professionals who work with older adults; also a textbook for
undergraduate courses in exercise and physical activity for older adults.
Joseph F. Signorile, PhD, is a professor in the department of
kinesiology and sport sciences at the University of Miami in Coral
Gables, Florida. He is a research health science specialist for the
Miami VA Medical Center and has served as senior researcher at the Stein
Gerontological Institute of the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the
Dr. Signorile’s research interests include prescriptive periodization
training for older individuals, diagnostic test development for exercise
prescription, electromyographic analysis of sport- and activity-specific
training, and evaluation of training techniques concentrating on power
development. He has written over 50 refereed articles and book chapters
and presented at countless national and international scientific and
Dr. Signorile is a member of the University of Miami graduate faculty
and serves on its research council and the graduate school committee for
doctoral curriculum evaluation. He serves on the board of the
International Council on Active Aging. He is also a member of the
American College of Sports Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society,
and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.