I can remember it like it was yesterday.
The recurring thought...
"Why am I even doing this anymore."
I've always worked out. I've always been decently fit. It's something I've just always done, but now...
It didn't feel like me anymore.
As I reached my early 30's, I began to realize that my workouts left me constantly feeling tight and achy and more often than not, my body felt broken.
Low back was always tight.
Hips would pinch on every squat.
Shoulders felt wrecked after hitting the bench.
Rather than improving my life, my workouts left me feeling "old" not to mention the monotony of just showing up to the gym trying to stay in shape by doing what I've always done.
Monday- Leg day
Tuesday- Back & Bi's
Wednesday- Chest & Tri's
Thursday- Shoulders & Abs
Friday- Cardio & Gun Show
I knew there had to be a better way.
I knew that my workouts should be improving every aspect of my life, leaving me feeling strong and resilient in everything that life throws my way.
"I needed a rebuild"
Here's a list of the Top 5 ways to keep your body feeling strong and resilient as you age.
1. Develop a Consistent Mobility and Soft Tissue Routine.
This is without a doubt #1 for a reason. The biggest reason why most former athletes start to "feel old" is because the can no longer move their body they way they use to.
But, the key here is doing the right mobility work for what your body needs. Rolling around on a foam roller and just messing around won't actually improve anything.
2. Get Strong & Stable on One Leg.
Squats and deadlifts will undoubtedly get you strong, but strength without stability will certainly lead to muscle imbalances, poor movement patterns and eventually those aggravating chronic aches and pains.
3. Incorporate Rotational Work Regularly.
If you want to look and feel like an athlete again, you simply must be able to move well.
Most movements we do in day-to-day activities happens in the sagittal plane.
Training our body to move well in all 3 planes of movement, especially rotation will allow you to stay athletic, move freely, and build injury resilience.
4. Maintain Your Ability to Sprint and Jump.
One of the first things that makes you feel "old" is when you lose the ability to run and jump without pain. Hip pain, creaky knees, low back tightness.
You've got to train for power so that your body can handle the demands of everyday life without getting injured.
5. Get Really Good in the Big Lifts.
You've got to move the big rocks first, and be able to move them well.
These serve as the foundation for everything else that builds off of it.
Squat variations, hip hinges, horizontal & vertical push-pull stability, and heavy loaded carries.
Getting really good at these lifts, like I mean world-class level will not only make you really strong, but also resilient AF.
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