You have probably seen a bunch of the Success Stories on this site, many of them featuring the younger crowd doing things you think someone a bit older could never do…
Well, if you thought that – you were wrong! =)
Many of my one on one Personal Training clients are in their late 60’s, and Still Kicking Butt!
Like Jimmy Blackwell showing some serious core strength
One year ago today I had my first work out with you. One year ago, (or twenty years ago), I could not have come close to doing the work out you had me do today… thank you for a great year that has been unbelievably productive.
I can truly say that I feel better at age 62 than I did at 32!
Or Lee Mager showing some great athletic ability with frog jumps =)
When I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1965, I was a fit 165-pound young man. Years of easy living and not taking care of myself added some 40 pounds. I developed type II diabetes, had 2 heart attacks with a double bypass and a stent implant, and I had difficulty catching my breath after walking up the stairs in my home.
Obviously, I needed to take action if I was going to go on living. I had no idea what that meant. Like many, I tried diets, signed up with gymnasiums, bought a skiing machine and a treadmill, walked long distances – all programs that were abandoned after monotony and boredom set in.
In 2007 I made yet another resolution to “get in shape.” This time, with the help of a friend, I joined a local gym and found a fitness instructor. Initially I couldn’t do much of anything. Lunge? After two I was exhausted. Lift weights? Are you kidding?
It’s now 2010. I’m still working out, and I feel like a new person. My diabetes is still with me, but under control. At my age, my joints are beginning to cause some problems. I still have to push myself to go to the gym. But, my endurance and strength are much improved; I wear trousers with a smaller waist size. I won’t win any weight-lifting competitions, but at my last stress test my cardiologist told me that I exceeded his expections for 15-20 year younger man. I’m proud of simple things such as the ability to squat to find a book in the bottom shelf in a book store, or carry all of the grocery bags into the house for my wife.
So what’s the difference this time? Why have I been able to stick with the program? I credit two things. The first is that I continue to work out with a friend. We don’t compete: we motivate each other.
The second important difference has been having a trainer/coach who has taken the time to understand me and my physical problems and who has tailored my workouts to strengthen those areas which needed strength. He has not just tried to get me to “bulk up” my muscles or had me follow some sort of generic and fixed exercise program. The program is constantly changing and is never boring.
My coach, David Hoffmaster, is not the first personal trainer I’ve had, but he’s the best.