We can see it but sometimes can’t define it. I remember driving our car down the road and Sarah and I both saw a girl walking down the road. We were coming up behind her. As we passed her we realized it was one of our clients. From the back she could have been 25 years old. Her face brought her to 50’s and we both new she was in her 60’s. We both commented the same thing. She was in awesome “shape”. Of course we told her so the next time we saw her!
We have dozens and dozens of clients like this. If you are just looking at the body you get a certain impression of age. What makes us have this impression? What makes a body look younger or healthier?
I think it’s three things. Muscle, posture, and a narrower waist.
This does mean weight loss is a factor here. But we have all seen the tiny old lady who looks old and frail and you can see that from any angle. Weight loss is helpful to a point but then the need for muscle and body shaping takes over.
We also work on posture in exercise constantly to minimize risk of injury and to maximize benefit. I guess a side effect is people look younger. Once you have good posture and a narrower waist you still might not look “young” yet. You still need the muscles. You still need resistance training.
Resistance Training, working on the muscles is a rare form of exercise for most adults. People get their bike, walk, or even run in but neglect resistance training. Which means those who don’t neglect this muscle training can DEFY what an “old” body can look like.
You need 2-3 resistance training workouts per week for the maximum effect.
Resistance Training can even change the way your GENEs operate. In one study… Melov, S. et al. (2007). Resistance exercise reverses aging in human skeletal muscle. PloS ONE, 2(5): e465.
They took 26 males and females (avg age = 68 years) Physically active on 3 days/week and 25 males and females (avg age = 24 years) Modest Physical Activity.
They put them through a progressively challenging resistance training program for 6-months. Training 2x per week. RESULTS WERE SHOCKING!!!
They took muscle biopsies to do a RNA Analysis. RNA is the messenger from the DNA to the rest of the cell. The RNA was reading 179 Genes in the older group to be more like the younger group at the end of the study. The cell was functioning younger in 179 different ways!!!
The Study Author said…
“We were very surprised by the results of the study… The fact that their ‘genetic fingerprints’ so dramatically reversed course gives credence to the value of exercise, not only as a means of improving health, but reversing the aging process itself, which is an additional incentive to exercise as you get older.” - Melov
Amazing results! I’m sold are you sold? You might say “yes, but…”
But, I don’t know what to do.
But, I think I’ll hurt myself.
But, I have no idea how to get started.
This is why we started this little business/mission. To help people get the knowledge, understanding, and physical jump start to be able to do resistance training confidently.
We have some online resources but of course the best way to get this jump start is our 4-week fitness boot camp program. Don’t let the name scare you. It’s more about taking someone with no experience and lower ability and making them confident and proficient in 4-weeks. We’ve just never been able to find a better name for it. We don’t yell. We don’t try to beat you up or break you down. Most people come to us already beat up and broke down.
Our job is to build you up carefully and progressively so you feel amazing in 4-weeks.
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