Background: The cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is high in adults with intellectual disabilities. This CVD risk can potentially be decreased with a resistance training (RT) programme at vigorous intensity, following previous research on successful High-Intensity Training programmes. Our aim was to explore the feasibility of a vigorous RT-programme for adults with intellectual disabilities with CVD risk factors. Method: Twenty-four adults with intellectual disabilities with at least one CVD risk factor participated in a 24-week RT-programme. The training intensity was increased from novice (50%1RM) to vigorous (75%–80%1RM). Feasibility was based on the achieved training intensity at the end of the RT-programme. Results: Nineteen participants finished the RT-programme. Feasibility was good as 58% (11 out of 19) of the participants worked out at vigorous intensity at the end of the programme. Conclusions: It is feasible for the majority of adults with intellectual disabilities with CVD risk factors to exercise at vigorous intensity.

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Keywords adults, cardiovascular disease risk factors, exercising, feasibility, intellectual disabilities, resistance training
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1111/jar.12690, hdl.handle.net/1765/122928
Journal Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Citation
Weterings, S. (Stijn), Oppewal, A, & Hilgenkamp, T.I.M. (2019). The feasibility of vigorous resistance exercise training in adults with intellectual disabilities with cardiovascular disease risk factors. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. doi:10.1111/jar.12690