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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. 

Filling the Empty Nest

Rushing from work to pick the kids up from school, making a quick snack while they change for their various practices, back in the car to drop off or pick up, I finally arrive at the gym for a 60-minute Team Training class.  Adrenaline up and a check list on my mind, I hear that voice in my head that echoes “You’re going to miss it when it’s gone.”

shutterstock_184855727At 46, with four kids between 10 and 17, I’m at the peak of my parental responsibility, but I have several friends who have “been there and done that” and who now sit in empty nests missing the chaos that gave them purpose.  As an outsider looking in to what seems like a magical phase of peace and quiet and time to make a proper dinner, I know it’s a difficult transition.  There is a void to be filled when the kids leave for college and, if you look around the gym, you’ll see that many in this demographic turn to fitness.

Now it’s your turn. You’re done with home videos and bored with treadmill monotony.  You have time, you have focus, and you just realized that a decade of eating dinner at concession stands was not in your best interest.  Moreover, you have nagging pain in your lower back or shoulder that you’ve ignored for years.  Fenton Fitness offers experienced trainers to help you get started on a plan for you.  Seeking expert guidance, scheduling training sessions, attending motivating classes, and becoming more mindful of your nutrition are healthy and productive ways to aid in your transition.

With more energy, better sleep, and a trimmer, stronger body, you’ll have all the tools you need to entertain your kids when they come home.

-Amy Warner, Director of Sales and Marketing

shutterstock_183593585Fitness training for those of us past 40 years of age is more complicated. Physical performance and recovery capacity is dramatically different. If you need proof, look around 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.

Set Performance Goals
Changes in body composition, bathroom scale weight, girth measurements, and fat pinch tests take too long. Fitness clients get disappointed and lose interest in training when the number on the scale does not recede on a daily basis. Physical performance improves much sooner than biometric measurements. The psychological boost achieved on reaching specific performance goals keeps people motivated and better able to maintain the habit of exercise.
The simplest performance goal is attendance. In fitness, all of the significant long term benefits happen when you show up on a consistent basis. Perform ten, well-planned training sessions a month for three months and good things start to happen.

Get better at specific lifts or calisthenics. Perform ten, wobble-free step ups with the twelve inch box instead of the eight inch box. Work your way up to ten solid and stable push ups or inverted rows. Increase the load you are able to carry with a farmers walk or suitcase carry. Link these enhanced performance skills to some dietary changes and all the biometric measurements will get better.
Michael S. O’Hara, PT, OCS, CSCS

kneerehabFitness 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.

Reduce the Presence of Pain in Your Life
You will reach all of your fitness goals much sooner if your brain is receiving fewer signals of pain. Your muscles and joints are slaves to the orders from the central nervous system. The presence of pain alters movement patterns and blunts the benefits of training. Do not accept pain as part of your life. In my work as a physical therapist, I have heard many euphemisms for pain. Physical therapy patients and fitness clients are not limping because of pain– they have a “discomfort,” “ache,” “spasm,” or “numbness”. When asked about pain, any answer other than a “no” is a “yes”. Resolving pain problems goes a long way toward restoring function and improving quality of life.

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