Men Over 50 Gain Muscle and Lose Weight

Inspiring Interviews with men over 50

Inspiring Interviews with men over 50 who have lost weight, gained muscle,and got fit.

Greg Minor, 58, Lives The Active Life

Greg Minor hasn’t let injuries slow him down, read how his simple-yet-disciplined approach toward diet and exercise keeps him in shape for his active lifestyle.

bMF.c : Greg, tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

Greg Minor shows the results of living a fitness lifestyle for men over 50

Greg Minor shows the results of living a fitness lifestyle

Greg:  the physical activities I stay involved in are cycling, both street and mountain, Hiking and weight training.

bMF.c : Why the interest in these areas?

Greg:  I started riding bikes again after I retired and gave up Motorcycle riding. I used to race dirt bikes and later rode big Adventure bikes. After an accident in late 2004 I decided I could not be trusted with a throttle

bMF.c : How do you stay in shape for your activities?

Greg:  I stay in shape by weight training and aerobics and riding my bike.  I’m fortunate to live in Sunny So CA so I can ride most of the year. I train with relatively heavy weights, my workout split currently is  4 days on and one day off and looks like this:  Day 1 I ride my bike for 3 to 4 hours 40-60 miles. Day 2 is a gym day that starts with 30/45 minutes of aerobics on an elliptical and then I train chest, shoulder and triceps. Day 3 is another ride day. Day 4 I train back, biceps and legs. Day 5 is a Continue reading

Teri LaFaye, 53, Lives The Fitness Life

Teri LaFaye started her fitness journey 7 years ago. Those first steps changed her life forever.

At 53, Teri shows that living the fitness life benefits anyone at any age.

At 53, Teri shows that living the fitness life benefits anyone at any age.

bmf.c: Teri, tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

Teri: I am highly involved with strength training. I have never been one to love a great deal of cardio exercises: i.e. running, swimming, sports. However, the intensity of lifting weights and the balance I get from weight training provides me with my cardio and the ability to handle stress both physically and mentally.

All physical activities add up! I do my own yard work. I clean my own house. Much of the daily activities a person gets someone else to do for them can provide the mobility much needed to stay active. Mowing your own yard is cardio! Pulling those weeds in your garden is cardio! Taking carts back to your grocery store from the parking lot is cardio! Walking your dog is cardio! Keeping up with your grand-kids is cardio!

I sweat bullets in the gym! It is important to understand that a person does not need a great deal of ‘fancy’ equipment to make results happen. I started my transformation at the age of 45 weighing 171 and MISERABLE! I began with an ab lounge chair, a pair of 10 pound dumb bells, a broomstick, and an image of who I wanted to be in my mind.

Everything was an effort in the beginning. Just staying motivated was hard enough when negative people are everywhere. I found that by disassociating with Continue reading

Dale Hedrick, 55, Creates Life Balance Through Bodybuilding

Think you’re too busy for the fitness lifestyle?  Take a cue from Dale Hedrick, who at age 55 not only finds time for Bodybuilding, he uses the sport to bring balance into his busy life

Fitness doesn't take away from life balance, it contributes to it.

Fitness doesn’t take away from life balance, it contributes to it.bring balance into his busy life.

Q:  Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

A: I am an avid weight lifter and bodybuilder, who trains six days a week. I got started weight lifting back in my college days as a way to add bulk, but with little success. As a hard-gainer, I had real trouble putting size on my frame and never broke 160 pounds until I was nearly 40 years old.

At that time I was probably my own worst enemy and didn’t even know it. Along with my lifting I was running five or more miles a day, 4-5 days a week. Cardiovascularly speaking, I was in great shape but, all that running was keeping me from bulking up.

Today, I continue to lift weights and train in the gym six days a week, doing only one or two body parts each day and using the step mill or treadmill, on off days for 30-60 minutes. This helps to insure that I keep my muscle growth while staying lean.

I am also an avid backpacker, who enjoys the out of doors. Keeping fit enables me to enjoy this type of high-adventure activity. It takes some real endurance to hike 8-10 miles a day with 40 or more pounds of gear on your back.

Q: Why the interest in this area?

A: I gravitated to bodybuilding slowly. I have worked out over 30 years but in my 40 reasoned that I needed a goal to make my training meaningful. I determined that if I set a bodybuilding competition as a personal goal, it would give me the motivation to stay with the rigid diet required to reach that chiseled muscular state that had always Continue reading

The Lifetime Fitness Journey of Frank Ragona

At age 57, Frank Ragona remains committed as ever to the fitness lifestyle

Q:  Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

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At 57, Frank Ragona shows the results of a lifetime fitness journey

A: These days almost all of my time is spent training for bodybuilding competitions.  However, from as far back as I can remember, I have always been active. I started playing Pop Warner football in New York at the age of seven. As fate would have it, I was smaller than most of the children my age. In light of that, I had to work longer and harder than everyone else on the team.

I started lifting weights when I was fourteen to build strength and supplement my football skills. During my high school years, I continued to play football and also ran track. It seemed as if I always had to work harder than my peers to stay ahead of the rest.

My belief in fitness and health was instilled in me during the early teen years. These beliefs would take me on the journey that I am still traveling today. The reality of having to work hard to achieve my goals became the cornerstone of my personality.

My love of playing football alone was not enough to be recruited to play on a college team. I was simply too small. However, that did not deter my spirit. I played for an adult amateur football league without the notoriety of playing in a college stadium. It was during that time, with the help of weight training, that I was able to achieve my maximum Continue reading

At 50 Years Old, Fitness Expert Gingi Ray Shows The Guys How It’s Done!

Fitness over 50 isn’t only for men, just ask Gingi Ray.

bmf.c:  Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

Ginger Ray shows men over 50 how it's done!

Gingi Ray shows men over 50 how it’s done!

Gingi: I love lifting weights! I compete in the NPC bikini division. In the past, I have completed the Chicago Marathon (2010) and the Florida Four half marathon series. I would like to be able to devote more time to learning tennis and this week, I am taking a swimming lesson. (I cannot swim) !

bmf.c: Why the interest in this area?

Gingi:  I started competing after seeing another girl, who was also a little older at the gym. I asked what she was doing and she referred me to Team Bombshell. After seeing the photos of the incredibly strong and beautiful women, I knew that I wanted to compete. It is challenging at 50 to hang with the girls in their 20’s, but a lot of fun!!

bmf.c: How do you stay in shape for your activities?

 Gingi: My coach creates a monthly plan for me that includes weight training and cardio. I do both five days a week.

bmf.c: Tell us about your workouts. What do you do? How often?

Gingi: My plan trains a different muscle group each day. I also have a plyo day. My cardio is all strength building and I use the Continue reading

Retirement? Masters Athlete Bob Minshall is Just Getting Started!

At age 66 far too many men are hanging it up.  For Bob Minshall it’s time for a new beginning centered on fitness training.

BMF:  Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

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Bob Minshell, 66, showing his stuff

Bob: Presently a certified personal trainer (ISSA) and nutrition specialist (ISSA) also an NPC competitive bodybuilder. I didn’t compete until 2 years ago. I will be entering my fourth contest in the over 60 masters class. Presently I train clients in my own fully equipped gym.

BMF: Why the interest in this area?

Bob: Since I am retiring from my full-time position as the Director of Facility Operations at a high-rise retirement community here in Louisville KY in two weeks after 26 years there, I thought it would be a good idea to keep active and since I have been weight training for over 25 years, I thought it would be a good time to get the above certifications, the first of which I received a little over two years ago.

BMF: How do you stay in shape for your activities?

Bob: Weight training, cardio, supplementation and Continue reading

Keith Mohr: Starting A Fitness Transformation at Age 50

When Keith Mohr recently turned 50, he looked in the mirror, hated what he saw, and decided to change.  Keith shares his post-50 fitness journey with bestMastersFitness.com.

Q:  Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

Keith Mohr Fitness After 50

Keith Mohr lost 40 lbs of body fat and gained 20 lbs of muscle after turning 50

A:  Right now, I am concentrating on gaining strength and continuing to shed fat through a combination of burst cardio and resistance training. My goal is to pitch in a senior league baseball game this spring. I pitched in high school and college, and high on my bucket list is striking someone out in a real game!  Glory Days!  I just have to get that feeling one more time before I depart this planet!

Q:  Why the interest in this area?

A:  I turned 50 on April 25 and was overweight (220 at 5’10”), tired, and lethargic. I realized if I did not turn it around, I’ll probably have a heart attack and kick the bucket. You see, heart disease runs in my family. My grandfather died of sudden cardiac arrest at 72. My dad had quadruple bypass surgery at age 66 saving his life.  He’s now 78 and still kicking (that’s a miracle in itself!)

I had never exercised, and never lifted weights, even when I was active as a teenager and young adult. After I gave up playing baseball in my early 20’s, I played keyboards in a rock band, drank too much and did drugs. After that, I became a Continue reading

Over 50 Prostate Cancer Survivor Rides On

Now over 50, multi-sport athlete Sam Pearson was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and has persevered.  Sam recently sat down with bestMastersFitness.com to share his story.

Over 50 Athlete Sam Pearson

Over 50 Athlete Sam Pearson 

bMF.c:  Sam, tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

SP: I really enjoy riding Mountains Bikes with my son; he and I race in 6 to 7 events per year. I also enjoy running 10Ks or half’s.

bMF.c: Why the interest in this area?

SP: I really enjoy being in shape, I know this means different things to different people, but by doing this, I can make adjustments in my training and prepare for MTB racing season, competing in a Triathlon, running a half marathon or just about any activity.

bMF.c: How do you stay in shape for your activities?

SP: I do cross training of MTB & road biking, running and swimming. My one area that I really am slack in is Continue reading

Masters Athlete Bill Pritchett – Strong at 50

3-time Boston Marathoner and triathlete Bill Pritchett talks with bestMastersFitness.com about fitness at 50

Bill Pritchett turns 50 in a few weeks.  So is he taking it easy?  Heck no, Bill is busy training for his next marathon.

Over 50 Athlete Bill Pritchett in shape for sports

Over 50 athlete Bill Pritchett sets fitness goals based on his favorite sports

BMF.C:  Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.

Bill:  Running is my primary focus.  I was a runner in my 20s but had to stop when I fractured my hip in 1988.  I got back into running in early 2008 and began to enjoy the sport as much as I had when I was younger.  I competed in several 5K races in 2008, and by the following year, I had worked up to the marathon distance.  Since the fall of 2009, I have completed 12 marathons, several half-marathons, and numerous shorter races.  Although my focus is still mainly on running, I started swimming in the fall of 2010 and began competing in triathlons in the summer of 2011.  I enjoy the challenge and variety of triathlon training and have found that swimming and biking improved my running considerably.  I round out my fitness routine with lifting and core work.

BMF.C: Why the interest in this area?

Bill: I enjoy running because it fits well into my busy life.  A group of runners at my workplace have formed a running team, and we run several times each week during lunch.  This allows me to get quite a few of my miles in during times that do not disrupt family time or other activities. Since running is my strongest triathlon sport, I also tend to enjoy it the most.  For me, the biggest challenge is running the marathon, and so I make running my main focus so that I can meet the challenge of covering that distance.  I have run 14 marathons, including Boston three times.

BMF.C: How do you stay in shape for your activities?
Bill: When I am in marathon training, I typically run 30-40 miles per week.  This includes a mix of tempo runs (short and medium distance runs at a challenging pace), a weekly session of speed intervals with slower intervals in between, and a weekly long run at Continue reading

Bodybuilder Mark Lee Finds Best Fitness After 50

Dad Over 50 Competes in Bodybuilding with Son

In the 80’s I owned a hardcore gym and I never competed…. then it was more about strength. I never paid much attention to my nutrition…hell ..It was all about getting big and strong….the

Mark Lee Senior Bodybuilder

Mark Lee achieved the best shape of his life after age 50

more calories I ate the better!!! (I have to admit, eating anything and everything was AWESOME!!! Lol)

After about 6 years I closed the gym and moved on in a new direction. A couple of businesses and three kids later my priorities changes….I really didn’t have time to work-out (I hadn’t lost the love for working-out… I just couldn’t be consistent or find the time) Now my pizza restaurant is very established and pretty much operates its self.

My oldest son Austin was a three letter athlete in high school and he became interested in working-out. I now had the time and knew quite a bit about weight training so I started to help him….I was 49 at the time!!!

OMG I didn’t realize how much I missed the pump and the feeling you got training and how much better I felt. I became a total sponge about nutritional information and made it my goal to be in the best shape of my life on my 50th birthday!!!! Mission accomplished!!!

After reaching my 50th birthday goal my love for weight training became stronger.  My son continued to push himself to the point that he was contest ready and he suggested that we both enter the NPC 2012 Mr. Natural Indiana.  How cool is that, being in a bodybuilding contest with your son?

So we both entered the contest and I competed in the men’s open welterweight class in the NPC Natural Indiana and finished Continue reading

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