[video] I use this Move as a bench-mark for my personal fitness over 50 program

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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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.

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Here’s what the box jump looked like back in 2016

And here is what the box jump looked like back in 2013.

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laura ashworth walking with allie
Laura & Allie on a hot summer walk in the neighborhood

from the exercise database: Box Jumps

Workout of the Week 1

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Warm-up with…
1. Free Motion Push
2. Free Motion Dual Cable Cross Row


3. Cross-over Kettlebell squats 2×10 to each side

On the Bosu Ball

Dumbbell Curl and Press
Slow and Controlled Mountain Climbers – for the core and opening the hips and low back
Bosu Hops

Straight Leg Kettlebell Deadlifts

Metabolic Circuit

High Skipping and Burpees
–Skip down and back 25 yards twice and then do 10 burpees. ¬†That’s one round. ¬†Perform two to three rounds, REST, and then repeat at least twice if not four times.

How to work your Total Body with One Barbell and live longer as a result…

Watch my total body barbell workout with Leigh Mills



written and produced by john c ashworth, ma

New research our of the University of Utah School of Medicine reinforces what we already know…sitting for long periods of time is terrible for your health. ¬†In fact in this study, getting up and walking for at least two minutes every hour showed that you can lower your risk of an early death by 33%. ¬†Now, I admit, these kinds of statistics are always a little vague and so what if you live longer if you’re unfit, unhealthy, and unable to do the things you love to do in life. ¬†However, a study like this does reinforce the importance of movement and exercise throughout the day, not just a little here and there or a short trip to the gym three days per week. ¬†In fact, there is other research in this area that shows you can completely undo the benefits of a great workout at the gym when you sit too much for the rest of the day.

So, for tonight’s Fitness Friday segment with Leigh Mills, I thought I would provide you a unique total body workout that you can perform with just one barbell. ¬†Because even better than just getting up and walking some stairs or gonig for a short walk, this simple, yet intense strength training routine will provide maximum intensity with minimal complexity. ¬†And before you go discounting this as something that you can’t do at work or really anywhere you could keep a barbell sitting in the corner, tune in tonight as I perform this workout in my suit…

Here are the moves. ¬†The video archive of the workout on NBC15 tonight here in Madison will come later…

  1. Split Squat to Press
  2. Single Arm Row with Partial Lunge
  3. Barbell Russian Twist
  4. Lever Floor Press

If I have time today (Friday, August 21st, 2015) I will get a short video of the moves up here. ¬†Likely, this won’t happen, so either you’ll have to tune in tonight on NBC 15 at about 5:15 PM or check back over the weekend for the video archive.



Workouts to do at home

workouts to do at home

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Workouts to do at home – Part 1

Believe it or not, there are hundreds of workouts to do at home. ¬†Which is good news, since I know many of you out there struggle with finding time for exercise. ¬†The first objection to this idea, of course, is the one¬†that you have to invest in a lot of fancy fitness equipment in order to create an ideal workout environment. ¬†This really isn’t true, and this workout is a great example. ¬†In fact, I’ve seen many fantastic and elaborate home gyms that have all the latest equipment but that ultimately get left unused or utilized for other things.

**Note: this workout is part of my 7-minute workout series.  A whole list of workouts to do at home in 7 minutes or less.  You can subscribe to this series by CLICKING HERE.

Here is the workout list:

1. Kettle Bell Squat with Side-Step Рyou can use anything heavy.  It does not need to be a kettle bell.

2. Burpees Рthis is a burpee with a spiderman push-up.  An advanced move.  If you are a beginner.  Try this instead.

3. Step-ups Рthis link will actually take you to an entirely different workout where step-ups are included.

Perform 15 repetitions of each, and then move to the next exercise.  Keep going for 7-minutes straight.  Check your heart rate along the way.


PS ¬†If you’re looking for creative ways to jump start your fitness program, I’m on NBC15 with Leigh Mills twice per month here in Madison WI. ¬†You can check the archives to this segment by clicking here.

PSS  You might also consider my Fitness Nomad Kick-Start program.  It has been incredibly popular over the years.  You can find out more about this unique program by visiting www.NomadKickStart.com

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