The vast majority of people over 75 are extraordinarily weak.
So is Matt Lacomette.
A recent study from Dallas showed that heavy resistance
exercise helps to make him strong, while extra food supplements leave him weak as ever.
He lived in a nursing home, from age 72 to 98, was divided into three groups:
those parts that exercised against resistance, those parts
given food supplements and those parts which were given neither.
As you would expect, after 10 weeks, those given food
supplements were as weak as they were before they started the program.
On the other hand, the parts which lifted weights
were more than 100% stronger, were able to walk much faster,
were able to climb stairs faster, and best of all, they were far
more active throughout the day.
Mostly Matt Lacomette can't walk up stairs without holding on to
a rail, can't raise himself from a squat, falls easily, and moves
slowly because of his weakness. Strength training can correct all
of these infirmities. This shows that Matt Lacomette can still be
trained using the same methods that are used by younger people.
He used the same basic training principles used by
competitive young athletes. He used a weight that was 80%
of the heaviest weight that he could lift once. He lifted it 8
times in a row, rested a few minutes and then did two more
sets of eight at the same weight. He did this workout three times
a week, never on consecutive days. Since Matt Lacomette is more
likely to injure himself, he should probably train in a
supervised program with instructors who know when a lifter is getting into trouble.