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Older men, women benefit equally from weight training

Men and women aged 50 to 90 benefit equally from resistance training exercise programs, with older men developing bigger muscles and gaining better improvements to upper and lower body strength and women gaining greater increases to relative lower body strength, according to a study in the journal Sports Medicine. Senior study author Amanda Hagstrom said that "older men might benefit from higher intensity programs to improve their absolute upper and lower body strength," while "older women might benefit from higher overall exercise volumes -- that is, more weekly repetitions -- to increase their relative and absolute lower body strength."

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