men’s over 50 fitness
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: 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
At age 57, Frank Ragona remains committed as ever to the fitness lifestyle
Q: Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.
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
Fitness over 50 isn’t only for men, just ask Gingi Ray.
bmf.c: Tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.
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
For men over 50, osteoarthritis rehabilitation requires both consistency and persistence
If you’re a man over 50 and have received an osteoarthritis diagnosis, you need a game plan. While most orthopedists can very accurately identify this degenerative joint disease, very few can offer a viable rehabilitation regimen.
Rehabilitating an osteoarthritic joint provides the very best non-surgical option for maintaining joint useability and, more importantly, an active lifestyle allowing you to do the things you want to do.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where the soft cartridge deteriorates. This soft cartridge provides the smooth, soft, lubricated surface where important bones join together, including shoulders, knees and hips, held and moved by tendons and by muscles. When the cartridge goes, you’re left with an uneven contact surface at best, and bone-on-bone contact at worst.
Joint-replacement surgery provides an option for worst-case scenarios, but these procedures are highly invasive and not always necessary. As an osteoarthritis patient, you may want to consider the rehabilitation route as a first alternative. Ultimately, joint-replacement surgery is a personal choice, but attempting rehabilitation makes sense as a first attempt at Continue reading
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.
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
Health and fitness goals for men over 50 come from first establishing meaningful life goals
Like many men over 50, you may be looking to get into better shape. You know, “lose weight, get toned, add muscle”, that kind of stuff.
But let’s be honest, how serious about all of this are you, really. Like many people, chances are high that you’ll have good intentions, maybe get to the gym for a few weeks or for a few months, make an awkward attempt at modifying your diet, and then drop the whole effort.
Why does this happen?
Usually it’s from lack of motivation. And one key motivational element is a burning passion to achieve some desired future state.
So what do you burn for?
Before starting down the health and fitness path, most men would benefit greatly from stepping back and looking at Continue reading
Only one in ten men over 50 will stick with their 2013 fitness goals. At bestMastersFitness.com, we’re your allies for success.
Another year, another resolution to lose weight and to get into shape. Like many men over 50, you may be contemplating getting into the gym and changing up your diet. And you’re likely to fail and give up within 30 days.
Your problem isn’t lack of desire, it’s lack of skills.
In addition to desire, you also need to know what to do and how to do it. Without this knowledge you’ll end up like a boat drifting without a rudder, and you will become frustrated when you realize you don’t know where you’re going, much less how to get there.
At bestMastersFitness.com, we’re here to change that for you. bestMastersFitness.com provides you with all of the information you need to:
1) Set meaningful, achievable goals
2) Create workouts to get you in the best shape possible
3) Change your diet so you’re eating the right things in the right amounts at the right times
4) Stay motivated so that you not only hit your goals, but you also transform your life forever
Too many men believe the cultural stigma that after age 50 they’re “over the hill”. Don’t buy into it because it’s total crap.
In fact, not only can you get into great shape, it’s entirely possible to be in the best shape of your life – after age 50!
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If you’re over 50 years old, you absolutely must have a strong core, here’s why.
Most people have heard about the importance of “core strength”. But notions of a fitness routine bring thoughts of upper body strength, including adding muscle to the chest, upper back, biceps and triceps. While targeting upper body strength and size seems like traditional gym work and agreeably has the highest sex appeal, but for men over 50, your core is absolutely the most important body part to develop.
What is the core?
Core muscles make up the 360-degree area wrapping around your entire torso and hip regions. In the front, the core muscles begin just below your chest and run down to your pelvis. In the
back, the core muscles begin about mid-back and run down to your upper legs.
Many people incorrectly think of the core as just “abs” associated with the famed “six pack” look. While the main abdominals to compose an important part of the core group, thoughts of core strength must be expanded to include the entire torso region.
Additionally, many don’t realize that hips are indeed part of the core, and that abdominal and back muscles reach down to the hips, while hip muscles (including the gluteals, or “butt” muscles) reach up into the torso, with the two groups Continue reading
For many, turning 50 demarks a new period of diminishing life expectations. For others, turning 50 demarks their new beginning.
If you’re over 50 or at least approaching that life stage, you may have experienced it. Popular culture has long referred to this life phase as being “over the hill”.
You become less physically capable.
Your aggressive sense of adventure diminishes.
Life becomes a downward spiral of inactivity and apathy toward physicality.
But the real travesty is that “over the hill” is a mindset. Yes, some aspects of our physical nature change with age. However, the problem with aging isn’t physical degradation, it’s instead a problem of declining expectations brought on by a throwaway society that treats aging as an enigma.
Given a preference, who really wants to grow old. The aging enigma comes from a disconnect between our perceptions created by our youth culture and the reality of Continue reading
For men over 50 seeking to gain muscle and to lose weight, our interview with Jim Bell provides important information you can use right now.
Jim Bell is founder and CEO of The Fitness Institute of Technology, providing the most extensive knowledge, training, and skill to students in both fitness training and in medical fitness specialization. Jim is a fitness expert, holding two PhD.s, one in Sports and Fitness Training and the other in Medical Fitness Specialization. Jim also holds an M.S. in Exercise Physiology.
Jim sat down with us today at bestMastersFitness.com to talk about fitness in men over 50, kick back and listen to the recording here: