Background: Resistance training has beneficial effects on fitness levels, cardiovascular disease risk, risk of sarcopenia and on performing activities of daily living. The focus of this study is to design a total body resistance exercise set for adults with intellectual disabilities (RESID) with minimal equipment required and to test its feasibility. Method: The RESID was selected in an expert meeting, and its feasibility was determined in a cross-sectional pilot study. The feasibility was determined with completion rate, correct execution of exercises and the participant's experience. Results: The expert group (n = 7) selected seven exercises for the RESID. The participants (N = 11) performed the RESID twice during regular sports classes. Completion rate and correctness were excellent for all exercises. The participants did not experience any major problems with the RESID. Conclusions: The RESID is feasible for use in different training settings. A physiotherapist or fitness instructor is required to supervise the training sessions.

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Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Weterings, S. (Stijn), Oppewal, A., van Eeden, F.M.M. (Florien M. M.), & Hilgenkamp, T. (2018). A resistance exercise set for a total body workout for adults with intellectual disabilities, a pilot study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. doi:10.1111/jar.12552