Monday, August 13, 2001

Correct form important for those with osteoporosis

Personal Trainer

By David Patania

        Question: What would you recommend for someone with osteoporosis — exercises, machines or free weights?

        Answer: Both machines and free weights are great ways to strengthen your body. However, the most important thing is to have someone show you how to use both types of equipment so that you can exercise safely and effectively. For instance, you should avoid using too much weight, putting your body in incorrect positions, performing exercises that compress the spine, etc.

        I have a client with osteoporosis who does free weights and machines but we spent time working on her form, technique and body positioning. She now does about everything an average health club member would do, except with much better form.

        Many women with osteoporosis stand to make significant gains in strength, mobility and confidence by weight training. Check with your doctor before you start, find a professional to show you how to train with weights and you will be surprised at how good you will feel after gaining strength and adding some muscle.
       Contact certified personal trainer Dave Patania at


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