By Thomas King, MSc, CSCS, CSEP-CEP

Ever wonder what’s going on in the world of strength and conditioning? Well, look no further! In this post, we look into some of the trends and interesting research tidbits for all you nerds out there. For those eager to learn more, I have included references for all of the points at the bottom of this post. Without further delay, here we go!

Strength Training Recommended Even During “Elderly” Years

In their most recent position statement, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) gives a whole-hearted endorsement to exercising in old age. We’re not talking about some light walking and 5-pound plastic-coated dumbbells either, the NSCA recommends performing repetitions at 70-85% of 1 repetition maximum and including high velocity power exercises to help reduce age induced sarcopenia (Muscle Loss). [1]

Not Your Traditional Way of Getting Cardio

Think pole dancing classes are just a joke? Turns out these classes are serious exercise. In a study conducted by researches from the University of Western Australia, participants taking part in a 60-minute class were found to achieve an average heart rate of 131 beats per minute, not quite a stroll in the park! [2]

Foam Rolling May Not be Good at Rolling Away Muscle Soreness

Feeling particularly sore from your last workout and want to do some foam rolling? Maybe try a different recovery strategy, as new research from Salem State University shows that foam rolling does not significantly reduce perceived muscle soreness. The foam rolling did help recovery from agility-type exercise though, so for you multi-directional athletes out there (i.e., soccer, hockey, ultimate frisbee), take notice. [3]

Get a Spotter, Lift More!

Want to go for a new bench press personal record? Then make sure you use a spotter, and not for the most conventional reason (e.g. safety!). A team of researchers from the United Kingdom found that the presence of a spotter increased both the total reps a participant could perform and the weight they could lift. [4]

Exergaming, Another Way to Get Your Cardio

Not only is pole dancing a workout, but it turns out, so is exergaming. Exergaming is an emerging exercise system that mixes traditional video games with physical activity and it can certainly produce some results. In a study comparing exergaming to traditional treadmill walking, exergaming was found to produce higher peak heart rates and oxygen consumption. [5]

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I hope you found some of these points interesting, I know I did! Stay turned as the goal for us at JKC is to turn this into a regular feature on the JKC blog.

~Thomas 💪

References

[1] Fragala, M.S., Cadore, E.L., Dorgo, S., Izquierdo, M., Kraemer, W.J., Peterson, M.D., Ryan, E. D. (2019). Resistance training for older adults: Position statement form the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(8), 2019-2052.

[2] Nicholas, J.C., McDonald, K. A., Peeling, P., Jackson, B., Dimmock, J.A., Alderson, J.A., Donnelly, C.J., (2019). Pole dancing for fitness: The physiological and metabolic demand of a 60 minute class. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(10), 2704-2710.

[3] D’Amico, A.P., Gilles, J. (2019) Influence of foam rolling on recovery form exercise-induced muscle damage. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(9), 2443-2452.

[4] Sheridan, A. Marchant, D.C., Williams, E.L., Jones, H.S., Hewitt, P.A., Sparkes, A. (2019). Presence of spotters improves bench press performance: A deception study. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(7), 1755-1761.

[5] Tietjen, A.M.J., Devereux, G.R. (2019). Physical demands of exergaming in healthy young adults. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(7). 1978-1986.

I started strength training at JKC in the Spring of 2021. I am in my 60’s but happy to say I feel much younger since joining this gym. I joined JKC upon the advice of a doctor. I went through some difficult medical issues last year, that’s when one of my doctors recommended strength training at JKC. I have been physically active most of my adult life but mainly running and completed many road races as I am a distance runner. Strength training has definitely benefited me by increasing my stamina and energy. It sure has enhanced my recovery over the past year. I have the added benefit of becoming a stronger runner as well.

I’m 40 years old & started training at JKC in 2015. The gym I was working out at closed and my husband recommended JKC. JKC meets you where you are in your fitness journey and tailors the work to help achieve your goals. I’ve trained with Jon & Thomas pre pregnancy, while pregnant and now post baby and they have helped me enormously to stay fit through all life phases.

I joke with the guys often that I’ve seen no change in my fitness level since joining the gym, but the reality is I’m in far better shape at 40 than I ever was at 30 thanks to them.

I’ve been weight training on and off for years but never really had a specific goal or target in mind so routinely stalled out, plateaued or stopped training all together. Before I joined JKC I was definitely in a fitness slump and needed something to motivate me and get me back on track. I did a bit of digging online, looking at various personal training options and gyms around town but JKC seemed like the best option by far. I’ve tried big box gyms and other personal trainers in the past but none of them have had the perfect combination of goal specific fitness programming, welcoming and supportive environment, and the knowledge and passion to back it all up that you’ll find at JKC. Jon and Thomas are great to work with, they know how to motivate you if you’re having an off day and are well versed in all the different ways to make your muscles burn! I also have noticed some major improvements in my deadlifts since I started with JKC and was really happy with the result.

I originally joined JKC because I was anxious about passing out and embarrassing myself since I hadn’t weight trained in a while and I’d hoped to find somewhere sympathetic. My husband @terry_hussey had been training at JKC and his success there made me miss the achievement you feel from a good workout. I went to meet Jon and immediately knew it was going to be a safe space for me. I was never judged for the fears I had and where I was starting from. Jon and Thomas made sure to check on me often, and found a way to challenge me but make me feel secure at the same time, and Terry and I were able to book sessions together, so working out became a shared win for us!

JKC is different from other gyms because of the personal growth you have outside JKC (the sessions inside JKC creates a great positive feedback loop!). You gain self confidence, learn how to show up for yourself, meet a community of newfound friends, and get the support of your trainers who are behind you 100%. I’ve left a scattered workout so proud of myself I’ve honestly shed a tear in the car on the drive home. JKC is the mental health relief valve I need to stay positive, and keep my anxiety and health related fears at bay.

JKC was recommended to me by my good friend Casidhe Dyke. Cas had been training with JKC for a while, and both he and his father had seen great results from the personal training that Jon and Thomas were giving them. I was and still am primarily a triathlete and I’ve always struggled with injuries. I was talking to Cas about incorporating more strength training in my program to try and prevent injuries going forward and Cas suggested that I give JKC a try. I reached out to Jon not long after, and the rest is history! After working with Jon and Thomas for a few months, I was getting stronger, faster, and most importantly, I was staying injury-free. I ended up being able to train the whole season without significant injury and posted a personal best at Ironman Copenhagen in 2018. A big part of that was due to the strength training and coaching I received at JKC.

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