At Kieser, we are seeking to change these numbers. Our Physiotherapy and Strength Training clinic offers a unique environment, free of intimidation and full of support. Through this environment we aim to make strength training accessible and safe; irrespective of whether you have an injury and irrespective of whether you have experience.
Muscle mass peaks at the age of 30 and started to decline by approximately 3–8% per decade thereafter. Beyond the age of 60, this can increase to 1% per year.2 Losing your muscle mass can increase your risk of chronic disease, falls, pain and mortality. Fortunately, strength training can help to defend your muscle mass as you age. Strength training is important at all ages, but becomes particularly important in order to keep doing the things you love later in life.
We need muscle strength for everything we do - whether it is laughing, walking the dog or playing a sport. But the muscles that we are often not aware of in everyday activities – the muscles of our lower back – are especially important. These muscles are crucial in supporting our overall posture, stability and movement. If they are weakened, the spine loses its most important supporting pillar and it becomes harder for us to move smoothly and with confidence.
At the start of training, the strength curves of the muscles can be less than optimal due to repetitive everyday stresses of modern life. During the first training phase, you will adjust your strength curves with the aid of our “correction programs”, providing a robust foundation for follow-up training.
According to Osteoporosis Australia, 67% of Australians aged 50 years and older were living with osteoporosis or osteopenia in 20123.
Strength training is an important part of both prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. By loading the bone with weight we can defend the age related loss of bone density and even regain density in some patients. This is best done under the guidance of qualified health professionals like the Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Exercise Scientists who work at Kieser Australia.
A significant benefit of the Kieser equipment it that it allows us to start strength training programs at a very low intensity and progress the weights by very small increments; meaning that we can build a program for anyone, however strong or weak they are today.
It is never too late to start and there is no such thing as too old. Research conducted in Australia has shown that strength gains over 170% can be achieved in just 8 weeks in nonagenarians4. Our programs, our equipment and the expertise of our team are designed to cater for all abilities. So irrespective of your age or condition, we can design the strength program for you.
Our training facility is designed to support our clients, with a quiet, non-invasive environment that has a focus on physical performance, rather than physical aesthetics. With an average client age of 55, our members are able to train in a safe and supported environment.