Functional ability is the mainstay of independence in older people. However, there has long been debate over the components of exercise training necessary to improve function. Back in the early 1990's trials were starting to report that explosive power might be more predictive of functional ability than isometric strength . There have been many trials and, more recently, reviews that have considered the effects of either strength training  or power training  on function, but the paper by Tschopp et al. , in this issue, is the first meta-analysis of trials of ‘head-to-head’ comparisons of power training versus conventional resistance training in older people (aged 60+ years). The review included data from 11 studies, involving 377 participants and the authors concluded that improvements in functional outcomes were slightly greater with power training.
- older people