Background:In Brazil people are living longer and in 2050 there will be an excess of about seven million women with respect to men of sixty years of age. The sedentary lifestyle and
obesity are the major concern in this age range and global interventions are necessary to minimize changes of aging. In this context, the aim of this study was evaluate the effects of concurrent
training (CT) associated with interdisciplinary interventions and on the other hand only interdisciplinary interventions (Control) in functional fitness, strength and body composition of elderly
Methods:Physically active elderly women performed CT (CTG, n=6) or Control (CG, n=6) during twelve weeks, three times a week for sixty minutes each session. Aerobic and strength
training was performed in the same session. Fortnightly the volunteers had class about nutrition and psychology in group. Endurance (by walking) and strength training (by bench press, lat pull down,
leg press, triceps and biceps) were evaluated by functional fitness test of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), and the prediction of 1-Repetition
Maximum. Body composition was evaluated by bioelectrical impedance. Complementarily instruments used for classify the volunteers were International of Physical Activity Questionnaire-8 (Long Version),
Depression Inventory and Beck Anxiety and Quality of Life-Short Form (SF-36). Initially the sample size was calculated and after the program it was analyzed the normality of datas. In a third moment
was analyzed the differences between pre and post-intervention and between the groups. The results were analyzed by means of the program Statistical Package for the Social Sciences-Version 21.
Results:As result after twelve weeks, there was a significant decrease in time to perform the Agility test in CTG. As regard the body composition, between groups there was difference
in the post time in body mass, lean mass and basal metabolic rate. In strength parameters, there was significant increase of muscle strength in the bench press in CTG group and a significant
percentage variation in bench and leg press in CTG compared to the CG.
Conclusions:These results showed that CT at three times a week can improve and maintain aspects of functional fitness, strength and body composition of active elderly women.