In the April 2018 issue, Mike O’Hara discusses the benefits of the farmer’s walk exercise. Jeff Tirrell tells you how to reduce injury to your ligaments and tendons, and tips are given for getting back out into the garden.
In the February issue of our newsletter, Mike O’Hara discusses ways to improve hip mobility and strength. Read Jeff Tirrell’s article on why dairy products may actually be good for you. Having back pain doesn’t mean you can’t have a fitness program.
The Wisdom of Frank Part II
“Keep Your Legs In The Game”
I met my friend Frank when I was 21 years old and working out at a local gym. Frank was sixty-eight years old and in great condition. He had been a professional boxer, army fitness instructor, and then a physical education teacher. Frank was an incredibly well read student of fitness and human performance. He was stronger, more agile, and fitter than most people in their twenties. Success leaves footprints, so I was eager to learn from a master.
Frank would work through some stretches, warm up and start in on the jump rope. He was amazing with the rope. Frank said an athlete was “nothing without his legs”. “Power comes from the ground” and strong arms were useless without legs that could react. He told me that keeping the “pop in your hop” was critical to successful aging.
Recent research on lower extremity power production and aging has proven Frank correct. As we age, we lose lower extremity power nearly twice as fast as we lose strength. Power production is what keeps us competitive on the field of play and safe during our daily tasks. The current area of interest in exercise science has been the “discovery” of the benefits of lower extremity power training with older clients. One of the best books on this subject is Bending the Aging Curve, by Dr. Joseph Signorile. I read this book in 2011 and thought to myself, I heard all of this from Frank in 1979.
Michael S. O’Hara, P.T., OCS, CSCS