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Unformatted text preview: • The only exception is if they train intensely for many years or take anabolic steroids. • Women do gain muscle and improve body composition through strength training. • It is beneficial for women because it helps prevent bone and muscle loss while aging. • Losing muscle over time is a bigger health concern for women than gaining muscle weight. • Gains in muscle weight are balanced with loss of fat weight. • Both sexes lose muscle mass and power as they age. • Men start out with more muscle when they are young and they lose power slowly. • Older women have greater affliction of muscle function than older men. The Bottom Line • Both sexes can increase strength through strength training. • Women may not lift as much weight as men, but both sexes have the same capacity to gain strength. • Everyone can benefit from strength training....
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- Fall '06