Need help in designing a program for an older trainer

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Need help in designing a program for an older trainer

Postby bison » Jun 02, 2005 22:22

Trying to put together an all around training program focusing on mobility and flexibility (two things that I'm quite short on) but would like to include at least some strength training. I'm past 50 and have been realitively active and have lifted weigths for years but to the exclusion of other attributes.

I have just recieved "Stretching Scientifically" and will begin reading it tonight. I noticed some sample programs but none aimed specifically at my situation.

Any suggestions on what I should keep in mind as I attempt to devise my program? Any suggestions will be most appreciated. Thank you.
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Postby dragon » Jun 03, 2005 04:59

Are you training with any sports in mind or just to keep active?

If you are fit with no health problems and are accustomed to weight training,then i see no reason for you to train differently.The only thing you may notice is your recovery time may be longer than it was when you were in your 20's.

Always best to get a doctors go ahead first though.

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Postby bison » Jun 03, 2005 11:45

Thanks dragon. My goals are an enhanced lifestyle with no specific sports in mind.

After quickly glossing over the book (I'll give it a good read this weekend) I noticed sample programs for specfic goals( track, martial arts etc). My question is rather which of these styles (they all have different emphasis) is most geared toward the aging but active athlete. I do a variety of things ski, ride bikes, weight lift among others but it is all recreational. I just want to enjoy life at this point with no competetion in mind.

Flexibility is a major concern at this point but I don't want to atrophy or lose out on other aspects of fitness. Thanks again
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Postby dragon » Jun 04, 2005 04:34

Personally,i'd pick the activity you do most and gear your training towards that.For example,if you weight train twice per week but only go ski-ing on holiday once per year then i'd make weight training my foundation.
I'm not sure where you would stand on the warm up.Martial artists perform dynamic stretches to be able to kick from cold at full height.If you have no need to kick or move your leg through any kind of extreme range of motion,then i don't know if you need this type of stretching routine for your legs.

Hopefully,Mr.Kurz will be able to give you a more detailed answer regarding pre workout stretching.

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