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Resistance Training for Adolescents and Preadolescents

Review study shows health benefits from strength training.

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Youth fitness

Resistance training improves BMI among youth and may improve blood pressure, according to a review study by Spanish and American researchers in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2020; 17 [21]). The review included eight studies with a total of 571 participants ages 8–18. Analysis is difficult due to wide variability in study protocols (i.e, intensity, volume, frequency and duration of resistance training), so more research is needed.

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Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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