End of Line

It has been a wonderful experience writing this blog.  Although at times it seemed like a bonfire of vanity, it was a way to share the good, bad, and ugly knowledge I'd gained from the trenches of strength training.  I had hoped that my son would someday find the information useful and I tried to help those who asked for it.  The world of fitness is as mutated and misleading as ever.  Our lack of understanding and desire for a quick fix will ultimately be our undoing.  If we can just remember that any worthwhile skillset requires seven years to perfect, we would have better fitness.  
I will always train in some way because it is part of me now.  I've been lifting and competing for almost three decades.  I will move on to other sports and hobbies, but I will always exercise.  I will still be ready for my son should he ask for instruction, but I will no longer document this instruction via posts.  With that I bid fitmidlife.com good bye.  Perhaps someone else will do better with it than I did.  I have the feeling that someone defintiely will.

Stay strong.

Rolando Manso

Body Weight Training: A Panacea?

There has been a lot of good press lately about body weight training and I've run into a few people who believe it trumps lifting a barbell.  Can performing simple movements with just your own body weight replace the old iron when it comes to the myriad of health benefits resistance training provides?

Let's see.

New Year Fitness Goals

Slate.com article that hits the nail on the head

While perusing the web looking for the inevitable glut of new fitness fads that will take us by storm this year, I found an article on Slate.com that referenced a study that said, 

"...improved fitness are among the 10 most common New Year’s goals for the 47 percent of Americans who make resolutions. The study also found that only 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are successful".  

This sounds accurate because of the cyclical nature of fitness disinformation.  A majority of us will create goals pertaining to our fitness, start off highly motivated, and fail.  Then we do the same thing the following year.  I believe this is the definition of insanity (not the workout).  

We all pledge to "eat better and exercise more" and that is good.  But we also need a more structured, less aggressive approach.  Wouldn't you like to make a different resolution next year because you successfully nailed your diet and exercise routine once and for all?
If so, here are 5 tips to help get it done.

The Philosophy of Iron

Deadlift training at any age can put you in a euphoric zone.
For some of us, training is a painful event that we just need to complete.  For the more sadistic, this can become a bizarre game of pushing beyond realistic boundaries in order to feel unique or powerful.  And yet for others it is a blissful, almost euphoric state entered at least 2 to 3 times each week.  
It seems that how you personally view your training can influence its benefits over your lifespan.