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Does Weight Training (resistive exercise) Decrease Blood Pressure?

YES!  A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning  April 2012 indicates it does significantly reduce blood pressure.  In this study blood pressure reduced with resistive exercises over a twelve week period.  At the time the participants were not taking hypertensive medications and were middle age adults with Stage1 hypertension.  The following is a short list of the findings:

  • Blood pressure reduced 16mm Hg in Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) and 12mm Hg in Diastolic Blood Pressure
  • Similar results in aerobic exercise
  • Resistive Exercise routines use high repetition programs with <30 seconds rest between sets
  • Reductions in Blood Pressure lasted  >4 weeks after training stopped.

A combination of resistive and aerobic training is a nice alternative to immediately starting medications.  If you are concerned about starting a similar training program because of past orthopedic or sports injuries feel free to consult with the paramus physical therapists at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation who are experts on injury prevention and rehabilitation for many orthopedic, spine and sports related injuries.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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