Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 31–39 | Cite as

Effects of resistance training, detraining, and retraining on strength and functional capacity in elderly

  • Raphael Luiz Sakugawa
  • Bruno Monteiro Moura
  • Lucas Bet da Rosa Orssatto
  • Ewertton de Souza Bezerra
  • Eduardo Lusa Cadore
  • Fernando DiefenthaelerEmail author
Original Article



The interruption of training (detraining) results in loss of the gains acquired. Partial retention could occur after detraining, and variation in training stimuli may optimize retraining adaptations.


To evaluate the effect of a resistance-retraining program on strength and functional capacity performance after a detraining period.


Ten elderly men and women (63–68 years) completed 12 weeks of training, 16 weeks of detraining, and 8 weeks of retraining. One-repetition maximum (1-RM) at 45° leg press, maximum isometric knee extension torque, rate of torque development (RTD), 30-s sit-to-stand, timed up and go, and stair ascent and descent tests were assessed.


The 1-RM increased after training (p < 0.01) and remained higher after a detraining period when compared to pre-training (p < 0.01). Post-retraining values were not different from post-training period (p > 0.05). For RTD and 30-s sit-to-stand, there was an increase after retraining when compared to pre-training values (p < 0.05). For timed up and go and stair ascent and descent, reductions were observed between pre-training and post-training periods (p < 0.05), only timed up and go increased after the detraining period (p < 0.01).


After 16 weeks of detraining, the maximum strength did not return to baseline levels, and a retraining with explosive strength exercise sessions can recover maximum strength gains, RTD, and functional capacity at the same level obtained after a detraining period.


The inclusion of an explosive strength session in retraining period improves RTD and 30-s sit-to-stand performance and can accelerate the recovery of strength after a detraining period.


Retention Muscle weakness Resistance training Aging Rate of torque development 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

On behalf of all the authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

Ethical approval was obtained from the local Human Research Ethics Committee (CAAE: 25995714.0.0000.0121), and the protocol was written in accordance with the standards set by the Declaration of Helsinki.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Biomecânica, Centro de DesportosUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrasil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Estudo do Desempenho Humano, Faculdade de Educação Física e FisioterapiaUniversidade Federal do AmazonasManausBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Pesquisa do Exercício, Escola de Educação Física, Fisioterapia e DançaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

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