My Handout for the Perform Better Workshop in Los Angeles this weekend
It will be my first time giving a workshop dedicated to training the Middle Aged Client. I have discovered that Middle Agers give some insights about training elite athletes that simply opens my eyes. I love working with high school and college kids sure, but they recover so easily and, all too often, we spend so much time in that wonderful free ride of improving every single week and month. That party ends all too soon.
So, the best lessons I have stolen from training the “older client,” including this 55 year old former discus thrower I know, might be the following:
1. “Rest periods” are the best time to do corrective work like mobility and stretching exercises.
2. Thoracic Mobility and Rotary Stability come and go like Utah weather. “Here today, gone tomorrow.” It helps to test both early in a workout and fill in extra work…or ignore it…as you need that day.
3. It’s shocking what Goblet Squats, Farmers Walks and a little groundwork can do for most people.
4. Although diet is not really the focus of workouts, fasting (as Coach Stevo and I have discussed for weeks) is miles easier than dieting for most older clients. For whatever reason, perhaps too much knowledge and conflicting information, an older athlete knows that every single food and beverage is both the answer to all health issues and absolute poison. Fasting seems to lead to better food choices (yes, it is protein, veggies and water) for most people.
5. Quality of movement trumps reps/sets and loads. That is true for everyone but even “more true” for an adult.
I’ll include my small group handout for the event. See you there!
SmallGroup Work LA