‘Quick Weightlifting’ Optimal for Health
Those with a significant ability to lift heavy weights with speed improve their chances of a long and healthy life, according to a study presented at the congress of the European Society of Cardiology.1
Professor Claudio Gil Araújo, Director of Research and Education at the Brazilian Exercise Medicine Clinic, said: “Our study shows for the first time that people with more muscle power tend to live longer.”
Professor Araújo added: “Power training is carried out by finding the best combination of speed and weight being lifted or moved.
“For strength training at the gym, most people just think about the amount of weight being lifted and the number of repetitions without paying attention to the speed of execution.
“But for optimal power training results, you should go beyond typical strength training and add speed to your weight lifts.”
The study enrolled 3,878 non-athletes who underwent a maximal muscle power test using the upright row exercise between 2001 and 2016.
Professor Araújo noted that this is the first time the prognostic value of muscle power has been assessed.