The other day, my son David showed me a video of a guy named Frank Medrano performing incredible exercises, things I didn’t think were possible on film without CGI or other special effects…except this guy is for real. Although David was the one who got me to go back to the gym and helped me […]Read more "Can Seniors Do Bodyweight Workouts?"
It gets hot in the gym. One of the reasons I don’t like working out in the afternoon, especially during summer, is with all those bodies generating all that heat, I’m so warm that I don’t feel I get the best workout I can. There’s a reason why there are so many ceiling fans in […]Read more "The Myth of Melting Fat"
A couple of days ago, I wrote about whether weight machines or free weights were the better choice for the older weight trainer, and I concluded based on information I found online and my own personal experience, that in general, it’s best to start out weight training with machines and then gradually add free weights […]Read more "Lighter or Heavier Weights: What’s Best for Seniors?"
A few weeks back, I provided a detailed description of my own workout and what I do Monday through Friday (Monday through Saturday, really). Then I immediately changed my workout routine. I guess I owe you an update. Keep in mind that I’m always making minor adjustments to my routine, both to keep myself from […]Read more "Barbells and Dumbbells: Updating My Workout"
The debate about which is better, free weights or weight machines, for building muscle strength and tone has been raging for a long time. I specifically want to talk about which is better for the senior weight trainer and believe me, there are darn few online articles that talk about this aspect of weight training […]Read more "Which is Better for Seniors: Weight Machines or Free Weights?"
I’ve mentioned in past blog posts that I was originally motivated to go back to the gym by my son David becoming my gym partner. I was also motivated to at least get started exercising by my expanding waistline and my LSW (Long Suffering Wife) unfavorably comparing me to Santa Claus. But what kept me going […]Read more "What’s Your Motivation?"
I use a lot of terms that are common to weight training and weightlifting such as “sets” and “reps,” but the beginner at the gym, whether a young person or a senior citizen, may not be familiar with them. It’s important for us to have a common language when discussing fitness because it’s such a […]Read more "What Are Reps, Sets, and a Full Range of Motion?"
When I’m doing my cardio workout on the elliptical machine at the gym, there are a number of wall and ceiling mounted televisions tuned to different channels within line of sight. Some of the ellipticals come with TV screens mounted on them, but I prefer not to have the distraction. That said, I do look […]Read more "And One Ab Roller To Rule Them All"
My wife is trying to keep me alive and healthy as long as possible. I optimistically choose to believe that it’s because she likes having me around and cares not only about my longevity, but my quality of life. On the other hand, she just might want to keep complaining at me as long as […]Read more "My Take on Dietary Supplements"
I was reading an article at Flex.com called 12 Concepts Bodybuilders Should Use Every Day and it seemed like the advice given could apply to just about anyone at the gym, including senior weight trainers. The article mentioned courtesy, humility, and respect, and I’ve touched on the same topics a time or two before. But […]Read more "Facing the Challenge of Being a Hardgainer"