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from the fitness over 50 files…
Today, I put together for you a short history of an exercise move I like to use as a benchmark for my fitness program. I’m currently working on another article and post about the importance of bench-marks in your fitness program, but wanted to get these videos up first.
I find it interesting to note the comparisons. I first recorded this bench-mark in 2013. I definitely look stronger and fitter three years later in 2016, and also today in 2019. I definitely look a little leaner in 2016. Some work to do there 🙂
My body feels differently today for sure, but I appear to have made some nice incremental improvements since 2013. Unnoticeable until taking the opportunity to compare these videos. Pretty cool.
Especially for those of us committed to fitness over fifty, personal bench-marks are important. That article I’m working on, along with all the chores, is in progress and I will post either later today or tomorrow depending on how the day goes. If you want regular updates about the release of articles like this one, you can subscribe to the ash flash. I would love to have you 🙂
Don’t let yourself slip backward from where you are today, and when you do, take immediate action to correct the trend. Focus on that daily action, and not you failure to maintain it 100% of the time. You’re human and life is tough some times. Do what you can and establish fitness bench-marks that you can keep for the long run.
Imagine for a moment how cool it will be if I can still do this when I’m 60, 65, 70+…
I like to use a variety of movements as bench-marks to keep me on track and to help me guide my fitness progress and progression. Those will be revealed in that next article.
First, here’s yesterday’s Box Jump – higher than in 2013 and about even with 2016, I think. Although a little more unforgiving prop so the risk was higher.
Here’s what the box jump looked like back in 2016
And here is what the box jump looked like back in 2013.
from the exercise database: Box Jumps
Fitness Over 50 – how to unlock the wisdom of your body at any age
My wife Laura and I have been talking a lot lately about the adjustments necessary in your fitness program as you get older. Neither of us like the idea of having to decrease our intensity and volume of training, but there are certain realities we all face as we get older.
But here’s the point I want you to pay close attention to today. I don’t have a lot of time to elaborate on it so I’m going to get straight to it…
Laura’s body and her life history is unique. As is my own. As is yours.
Each of us have extremely unique and varied needs when it comes to maintaining our health and fitness as we age. Your fitness program is a complex combination of variables that change from one day, one week, one month to the next depending on a wide variety of factors. Some of which you can control and many of which you cannot.
It is vital that you find a personal trainer and coach who can help you navigate this potentially dangerous territory. Otherwise, you are much like Lewis and Clark – venturing into new territory each and every day with no real clear idea of what might come at you next. Unprepared for the realities you face.
There will be a lot more on this topic over time. You can be sure of that. Just promise me you’ll be careful out there. I see a lot of potential pitfalls for you and I. One in particular stands out in my mind and the image keeps replaying in my mind…
A group of woman over forty and fifty, taking part in an exercise class that seemed totally and completely all wrong for them at their current level of fitness and overall conditioning levels. When you jump in too soon, and go too fast, and don’t take the time to individualize your efforts in a way that properly addresses today’s needs for your body, you are setting yourself up for injury, failure, and set-backs that can last for years to come.
Proper progression and expert guidance will provide a talisman you can hold close for support. A talisman that has nothing to do with fetish and everything to do with the wisdom you will unlock in your body along the way when you do this fitness over 50 thing the right way.
fetish: any object, activity, etc, to which one is excessively or irrationally devoted. Syn: fixation, obsession, mania.