Active Aging Leg Training

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What is Active Aging Leg Training?


Active aging leg training using gravity based resistance like dumbbells, kettle bells and barbells is successful when it doesn’t go to the bar first in the gym. Matter of fact, these gravity based tools should only be part of a leg training routine and not the only thing. 

Interjecting elastic resistance into a leg routine will address several aspects of training that are typically overlooked with active aging leg training.

4 Elements of Active Aging Leg Training that RBT Should Dominate

1. Dynamic Hip and Lower Leg Flexibility

Resistance bands can and should play a significant role in improving and maintaining dynamic hip flexibility. Every leg training routine should start with this series of hip stretching and mobilization once foam rolling has been completed.

Need a Solid Hip Pre-Stretching Routine??

2. Hip Stabilization and Activation

Leg training longevity will be directly associated with how well the hips maintain a high level of stability, especially in the front plane. Dynamic stabilizer training should be the foundation from which every active aging leg training routine initiates hip stabilization and activation.

Dynamic Stabilizer Primer Workout to Get You Ready for Leg Day

3. Developing Solid Hip Hinge Mechanics Form

Hip hinging is the godfather for any and all leg strength training. Find someone who struggles with hip hinging and they most likely struggle with doing any type of squatting with free weights. Not having solid squat mechanics leads to overloading of the knee joint. Resistance band horizontal vector training is one of the most effective ways to train or continually retrain hip hinging and ultimately squat mechanics.

Use This 3 Exercise Band – Kettlebell Workout to Get Your Hips Hinging

4. Optimizing Joint Lubrication

As the body ages, joint and tendon lubrication takes longer to optimize, especially if the goal is to perform an aggressive leg training routine. Performing a 10 to 15 minute interval cardio base workout will optimize joint and tendon lubrication. This will make those initial first 2 or 3 sets significantly less aggravating or even painful. 

The Dynamic Stabilizer workout I show you above gets this down equally as well while also getting your hips ready to rock.


As the body ages there must be an adjustment made in how a leg workout is initiated. Not making these training adjustments will ultimately lead to less than an enjoyable workout experience or worse yet injury and loss of workout time. RBT makes it very easy to build in these pre-leg training elements and in turn allow leg training longevity.

Pyramid - Leg Training

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Meet Dave

Dave Schmitz, PT, CSCS, PES has been writing, teaching and training how to implement resistance band training for rehabilitation, general conditioning, and performance since 1996. He is the founder & co-owner of Resistance Band Training— the leading band provider worldwide.

Along with being a co-author of the Amazon best seller, Total Body Breakthroughs, Dave is also the author and producer of numerous fitness & nutrition articles, E-books, DVDs. His passion is focused on trainers, clients, and athletes improve their body’s ability to handle momentum, gravity and ground reaction forces using elastic resistance. Dave also consults online with several high schools, universities, private performance training business and is also on the board of experts for the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA).

2 Responses to "Active Aging Leg Training"
  1. Arturo Perdicchia says:

    Hi Dave
    My name is Arturo and I’m from England. I am a PT and movement coach and I’ve been following your great band exercises.
    My specialism is exercise for the older client (65 and above). I’m always looking for new ideas, especially non gym exercises and I particularly like the way you coach.
    Would you be able to suggest any great exercises with bands that I can use on the older client, especially those with prosthetic joints.

    Arturo – England

  2. RBT-Site-Admin says:

    Of course. Here’s another free article with information about training for seniors.

    I also have a paid course that has tons more information.

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