High-Intensity Resistance Training and High-Impact Training and Bone Mineral Density – Sample Training Program: Part 2

by Tom LaFontaine, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT and Shellaine Frazier
NSCA Coach October 2019
Vol 6, Issue 2


This article will present a sample program that was implemented successfully by a group of older women in competition, and discuss the general exercise principles utilized to increase BMD in postmenopausal women.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »



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4. Sharp, C. Musculoskeletal conditions and disorders. In: Jacobs, PL (Ed.), NSCA’s Essentials of Training Special Populations. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 67-108, 2018.

5. Watson, SL, Weeks, BK, Weis, LJ, Harding, AT, Horan, SA, and Beck BJ. High-intensity resistance and impact training improves bone mineral density and physical function in postmenopausal women with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis: The LIFTMOR randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 33(2): 211-220, 2018.

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Tom LaFontaine earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983. He has published nearly 100 articles, eight boo ...

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