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Soccer for untrained 70-year-old men yields amazing results

Research carried out by the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health in Denmark shows that untrained elderly men get markedly fitter and healthier as a result of playing soccer. After only 4 months of twice-weekly 1-hour training sessions, the men achieved marked improvements in maximum oxygen uptake, muscle function and bone mineralization.

Three scientific articles will be published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports describing the fitness and health effects of soccer training for 63‒75-year-old untrained men.

The Copenhagen researchers, led by Professor Peter Krustrup of the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health, University of Copenhagen, have a compelling case. Soccer is a fun, social and effective form of high-intensity interval training that is open to all.

Untrained elderly men can also play

“Our previous studies have shown that 70-year-old men with lifelong participation in soccer possess a postural balance and rapid muscle force that is comparable to that of 30-year-old untrained men,” says Krustrup. “This time we have gone one step further by evaluating the intensity of soccer training as well as the health and fitness effects of soccer for untrained elderly men with little experience of soccer.”

“The study revealed that inactive elderly men improved their maximum oxygen uptake by 15% and their performance during interval exercise by as much as 50% by playing soccer for 1 hour two times per week over 4 months. Moreover, muscle function was improved by 30% and bone mineralization in the femoral neck increased by 2%,” says Krustrup.

“The results provide strong evidence that soccer is an intense, versatile and effective form of training, including for untrained elderly men. It is definitely never too late to start playing soccer. Soccer boosts physical capacity and heart health, and minimizes the risk of falls and fractures in elderly, men who have never played soccer before or have not played for decades,” says Krustrup.

Sky-high intensity

“The players had heart rates that were sky high and corresponded to the values obtained during elite soccer games,” says Associate Professor Eva Wulff Helge of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen.

“GPS measurements and video analyses also showed that there are many fast runs, stops, turns, dribbles, passes and shots, providing strong stimuli for muscle and bone adaptations. The fast runs, intense actions and unorthodox movements may well be the cause of a large increase in bone mineralization in the femur bone and femoral neck after only 4 months and of the further 3% improvement from 4 to 12 months of training,” says Helge.

An active everyday life and better health

“Our study shows that intense training such as soccer can change the lives of elderly men,” says Krustrup.

“The remarkable improvements in aerobic fitness and muscle strength make it easier for the players to live an active life and overcome

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    • RaptorBandit
    • June 7, 2014
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    @ScottHermanFitness do you own that gym?

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    • SamKindofGuy
    • June 7, 2014
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    • sbouthoorn
    • June 7, 2014
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    Hey Scott, great video! I have a question; is it okay if do abs on
    mon,wed,fri and do some cardio on tue, thu,sat? Because my body fat % is
    unfortunately 11%….

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    • TradPK
    • June 7, 2014
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    @JustCauseVids Wow man, that’s some serious dedication 😀 I’ve only been
    going a few months, but then iI’m only 16, got a while to go yet haha

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    • boxer266
    • June 7, 2014
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    @Haveyouheardtheband yea hes got one shit ass build going there im sure he
    just hates the gym lol

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    • Nacho Woo
    • June 7, 2014
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    @DRiNKMiLK5 Im 5’11” and a 65cm ball is perfect size…most of the balls
    will give you a height range on the package…Im sure scott is using a 65cm
    in the video. So for you I would say 65cm or maybe even 75cm if you
    wanted…Hope this helps!

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    • boxer266
    • June 7, 2014
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    I thought this was gunna be all abs 🙁 still got 2 new excersises to throw
    into my routine 🙂 thx bud

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    • Sivels
    • June 7, 2014
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    You should work on your calves..!

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    • Travis Kilpatrick
    • June 7, 2014
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    @shayodt look at scott’s bicep workout! i do it once a week and the next
    day you will feel sore. and make sure you are eating enough protein and
    drinking plenty of water. hope i helped

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    • Be Tomish
    • June 7, 2014
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    Can you stand on the swiss ball?

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    • mathew skipworth
    • June 7, 2014
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    scott do you use body makeup for photoshoots becuase in thie video your
    inbetween pec veins and really showing

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    • niko4931
    • June 7, 2014
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    never knew how old you were….14 years of gym, so i guess emm 28+, u look
    like 22 or smth 😮

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    • John G
    • June 7, 2014
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    @ardi146 LOL

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    • Davide Angarita
    • June 7, 2014
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    XTREMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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    • Trevor Garrett
    • June 7, 2014
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    I get really bad headaches when I use the ball. Is it cause of my breathing
    pattern?

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    • sk8terboy1983
    • June 7, 2014
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    you always inspire me!

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    • Zipemova1
    • June 7, 2014
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    Yeah Scott I double what “sabsupertoll” said! What about DVDs? There are so
    many bogus ones out there, we think it’s time for YOU to take it one step
    further!

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    • chomchoyo
    • June 7, 2014
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    u can add chest and tricep to this bu putting hands on ball and doing
    pushups

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    • LeicesterTigers1000
    • June 7, 2014
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    @ScottHermanFitness roughly how long would it take to get a 6 pack by doing
    the gravity reverse crunch only. I know people build muscle mass at
    different rates and there are different meal plans. I’m 14 in case you were
    wondering and i eat healthily.

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    • ScottHermanFitness
    • June 7, 2014
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    @jo180285 they are one of my sponsors man! 🙂 of course! Take less 😉

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