Health over 50

7 strategies to train hard but not get burned out

Overtraining = too much of a good thing As people who love to lift a lot of heavy stuff, we often find ourselves working too hard in the gym and having our powerlifting performance suffer as a result. The great bulk of the general public equates happiness as being...

Realizing Your Full Potential as a Lifter – Part 1

Over many decades I have observed that when lifters go through a workout, they may or may not get much out of their effort. Specifically, they may or may not get much (or any) benefit from the workout to improve their performance. People put a lot of time and effort...

What is holding back your weight training?

Whats holding your weight training back? Most people training in gyms work on their own or with a training partner. My observation over 60+ years of working out in gyms is that the vast majority of people working out make minimal improvement after the first few...

The Value of a Great Powerlifting Coach

If you have been competing for a while, you probably know the value of working with a good coach. An experienced powerlifting coach can help you in ways that no one else can. The main reason for this is that doing competition legal power lifts at or near your maximum...

Secrets for a LONG career in powerlifting

As many of you know, I have been lifting weights seriously for a LONG time....62 years to be exact. In that time, I have competed in both Olympic style lifting and did 25 years of powerlifting competition. I also competed as a runner for 22 years and played all the...

Under used Assistance Training for Strength and Health

Athletes over age 50 need all the clever tricks they can find to stay on top of their game. In this newsletter, Ill discuss one of the more overlooked (or actively ignored) areas of assistance training for building power. It is a secret? Not exactly. Its just that...

Training for Mediocrity: The habits of lousy powerlifters

Who trains hard to get lousy results? Unfortunately....a lot of lifters. They bust their butts and get worse...or at least they don't improve. Why would anyone do this? No one that I know would ever consciously say that they train diligently with the intentionof...

What’s different about getting fit over age 50?

When someone hits the age of 50, it is normal to ask if they have to change the way they train to become fit and strong. Based on my 60+ years of physical training, I have a set of suggestions. In my view there are three main things you need to account for in your...

Giving the gift of fitness

Most of the folks who read this blog regularly are seriously committed to their fitness. Many do workouts that would kill a lot of people. If you are a real workout ninja, you probably don't think much about how people who may be just starting out react to you when...