Fitness training for those of us past 40 years of age is more complicated. Physical performance and recovery capacity are dramatically different. If you need proof, look for the forty year olds in the NBA or NFL. The good news is that with proper planning, consistent performance, and the wisdom that comes with age, we can stay fit and active for a lifetime. I have compiled a collection of tips for the forty plus fitness client.
Carry, Squat, Lunge, Hinge, Pull, Push– Every Week
Most strength coaches divide human movement into 5-6 fundamental movement patterns. These movements are what we are talking about when we call our training “functional.” Personally, I like to go with 6 patterns in the following order of importance: Carry, Squat, Lunge, Hinge, Pull, and Push. These functional patterns include virtually all aspects of human movement.
The first two, carry and squat, are performed daily in real life while the other movement patterns are used less frequently. Incorporating these movement patterns into your training program at least once per week will ensure that you develop a well-rounded physique, but more importantly, that your musculoskeletal system functions like the awesome machine it was made to be. Practicing these movement patterns should keep you free from asymmetry and injuries. You will also become stronger and well balanced giving you the confidence to take on whatever life throws at you. Just how frequently you train each pattern will depend on your current training status, movement quality, experience, and goals. Following is a loose guide:
Carry: 3-5x/wk (this can include traditional carries, crawls, Turkish Get Ups, or sleds)
Hinge: 1-2x/wk, (Deadlifts, KB swings, or Good Mornings all fall into this category)
-Jeff Tirrell, B.S., CSCS, Pn1