Training Mode-specific Effects of Exercise Training in Elderly

James Timmons, PhD Researcher and Strength Conditioning Coach with Medfit Proactive Heathcare, undertakes this study in partnership with University College Dublin and The Irish Research Council. The study will last 10 weeks from October to mid December. James is looking to recruit healthy 65+ Year olds (Males & Females) who are available to train on Monday's, Wednesday's & Friday's at a given time between 2pm-5pm. All their training sessions will be held in Medfit and will be under James' supervision. There will also be 3 testing periods throughout the study where participants will be required to attend UCD. Poster/flyer is available below as a download.


The Research


“Comparison of aerobic versus resistance versus combined exercise in older adults at risk for age-related functional (physical and cognitive) decline"


Research Aim

This research will examine training mode-specific effects of exercise training in elderly through a comparison of aerobic versus resistance versus combined modes of exercise


Study Design

  • 10 weeks training – 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Male & Female >65yrs
  • 4 Groups (Aerobic Training Group, Resistance Training Group, Combined Group & Control Group)
  • Physical & Cognitive Testing – Before (0 weeks), During (5 weeks) and After (10 weeks)

Potential Benefits to Participants:

  • Changes in lean body mass
  • Improvements in Aerobic fitness (MET Fitness)
  • Increased Muscle strength
  • Enhanced Physical & cognitive function
  • Positive Blood parameters associated with metabolic health

Practical Application

  • The findings will hopefully offer new useful information in exercise prescription in healthy older adults
  • Provide evidence for designing combined exercise training programs
  • Offering different training routines
  • Optimising prevention or delay of sarcopenia
  • Represent an important adherence strategy in older adults' participation


The present study is approved by the UCD Research Ethics committee under permit number LS-15-35-Timmons-Egan titled “Comparison of aerobic versus resistance versus combined exercise in older adults at risk for age-related functional (physical and cognitive) decline”. Attached is the letter providing that permission.

James Timmons:

There may be potential patients who you feel may benefit or may be interested in a study like this.  If you feel you know of potential participants I would appreciate it if you could pass them on my details. Please feel free to contact me if you require any further information.


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