There’s a difference in living and living well is well-known country song by George Strait on his album a Road Less Traveled. (you can get that link here as it’s my personal favorite of his) In reality it’s also the goal of most people coming into the gym.
Most of the time clients are saying things like, “I just wanna be the best version of myself” or “I wanna have the energy I need to do everything and look like I workout.” It is typically a combination of performance, aesthetics, and health related markers they have in mind as beacons to aim for. It’s not usually to actually win a sporting event or get on a stage in a bikini.
No, most of the time, if we dig a little deeper it is being able to do what they want when they want to do it, remain injury free, remain independent and medication free and represent themselves as the best version of themselves in terms of body composition. Then let’s maintain that for the years and decades ahead.
Recently Dr. Peter Attia, has been publicly discussing the idea of having your own personalized Centenarian Olympics of “things you want to be able to continue to do well in the last decade of your life.” His personal list includes:
- Get up off the floor under your own support
- Pick up a child that’s running at you (or, similarly, do a 30-pound goblet squat)
- Walk up and down 3 flights of stairs with 10 lbs. of groceries in each hand
- Pull yourself out of a pool
- Lift a 30 lb. suitcase over your head (i.e., when you’re putting your luggage in an overhead bin on an airplane)
Some of the research such as the Sit-Rise test study suggests he is on to something much bigger here. These are the skills we need to begin to reverse engineer much earlier in life so we end up where we want as we see some degradation with age. Another pioneer in changing the focus around training to longevity and mental acuity rather than a sport performance and intensity based model is James Fitzgerald, the founder of OPEX.
IF the idea of training to be able to sustain the practice for decades resonates with you here are a few of my favorite resources on the topic. Check out our cost-effective, small group personal training programs designed with your personal “centenarian olympic” goals in mind here.
3 of the best IG follows on the topics of training for longevity:
3 of the best podcast discussions on the topics of training for longevity: