Strength Training for Healthy Adults

AUSactive Exercise Guidelines Resistance Exercise Prescriptions for Healthy Adults

Resistance or strength training produces physiological effects and health benefits that are independent of aerobic training. Therefore, strength training is an important component of physical activity that needs to be performed in addition to aerobic training. 

The following recommendations apply to resistance training for general health as well as more specific goals:

What’s in the Guideline?

  • Frequency
  • Intensity
  • Exercises
  • Volume
  • Rest between sets
  • Exercise sequencing
  • Progression



American College of Sports Medicine. Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2009; 41(3): 687-708.

Borg, G. Perceived exertion as an indicator of somatic stress. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 1970; 2(2): 92-98.

Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. 2008.

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