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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

Living With Purpose After Age 50

Health and fitness goals for men over 50 come from first establishing meaningful life goals

Live With Purpose After Age 50

Health and Fitness goals become easier for men over 50 with a solid life goal.

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

Men Over 50: Make 2013 Your Year For Fitness

Only one in ten men over 50 will stick with their 2013 fitness goals.  At, we’re your allies for success.

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men over 50 can get into the best shape of their lives

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, we’re here to change that for you. 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!

Here are just a few ways can help you get started on your way to perfect health in 2013:

1)      Search our information base to access hundreds of articles, videos, and podcasts, all specifically created for men over 50.

2)      Get our free, 7-part report on the basics behind how men over 50 can get in the best shape of their lives.

3)      Get our all-inclusive book, BestFit50, with absolutely everything you need to know about getting into the very best shape of your life after age 50.

The choice is yours, you can either struggle blindly through another failed attempt at losing weight getting in shape, or you can create a plan and gain all of the tools you need to achieve incredible fitness levels that will amaze you and everyone around you.

At, we’ll be here for you to help you lead a healthier, happier life!

Holiday Weight Loss Basics for Men Over 50

With the holiday season upon us, men over 50 need to focus on these 6 steps for weight control.

Holiday Diet Control

Men over 50 can control their holiday diets

Okay, so you know it will happen.

You’ll go to a big holiday gathering with tons of food.

Good food.

The temptations will mount.

Walking into the holiday seasons unprepared can lay waste to your waist management plans.  In fact, many men over 50 will establish over eating and weight gain habits that can send their health spiraling out of control for the new year.

However, it doesn’t have to happen that way.  Just follow these 6 easy steps to keep your eating and your weight under control  this holiday season:

1)      Plan your meal consumption

Failing to plan is planning to fail.  When you know a big holiday meal is on the schedule, think in advance about how you’ll eat that day.  What food will likely be served?  What are your healthiest options?  What will your plate look like when served?

Creating mental lists and images will help reduce mindless binging and provide structure to your meals.

2)      Watch the hors d’ oeuvres

Mindlessly grazing on appetizers for hours before a holiday meal will wreck your diet plans.  Many people like to fool themselves by  Continue reading

Fitness Over 50 Expert Jim Bell Podcast

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. 

Over 50 Fitness Expert Jim Bell

Over 50 Fitness Expert Jim Bell

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 to talk about fitness in men over 50, kick back and listen to the recording here:

Over 50 Fitness Expert Jim Bell Interview


Obesity in Men Over 50 – Slow Suicide?

The facts prove out that overweight men over 50 lead a shorter life

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Men Over 50 Need to Lose Abdominal Fat

If you are over 50 and overweight, you are more likely to develop health problems leading to premature death.

Although obesity in senior men creates broad, negative impacts on health and happiness, some specific  effects from senior obesity include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.


Obese men over 50 experience a greater risk of coronary heart disease. The mechanisms responsible for weight-related increase in blood pressure are still unclear.

One possible link between weight gain and hypertension is the acquired insulin-resistance in obese men. Insulin has been shown in multiple studies to have acute effects on the nervous system, on kidney function, and on the cardiovascular system that could lead to hypertension.


Excess weight puts a strain on the entire circulatory system and makes people more susceptible to high cholesterol,  high blood pressure and diabetes – all of which can increase risk for stroke. A new study by Columbia researchers indicates those with abdominal obesity are at higher risk of stroke caused by blockage or constriction of a blood vessel in the brain.


According to the Center for Disease Control, men over 50 are eating themselves into a Continue reading

Fitness Over 50 Interview: Fitness Expert Tara Marie Segundo

If you’re a man over 50 seeking to lose weight and get into shape, you need to hear what fitness expert Tara Marie Segundo has to say.

Tara Marie Segundo interview on fitness for men over 50

Tara Marie Segundo talks fitness for men over 50

With 30 years of fitness and personal training experience, Tara Marie Segundo knows a thing or two about fitness for men over 50.  Just check out Tara’s bio:

– Personal Trainer

– Motivational  Strategist

– Radio Talk Show Host

– Masters in Applied Physiology from Columbia University in New York

– WNBF Figure Professional

– Former Ms. Figure America Champion

 Tara recently sat down with us at to talk about fitness for men over 50.

Click here to listen to the interview

For more information about Tara, check out her facebook fan page here!

Choosing a Personal Trainer for Men Over 50

For men over 50 looking to discover a fitness lifestyle, the right personal trainer can mean success or failure, learn these 5 key attributes!

Personal Trainer for Men Over 50

Finding the best personal trainer ensures men over 50 hit their fitness goals.

If you’re a man over 50 looking to jump-start a fitness regimen that includes losing weight and gaining muscle, your best first move is hiring a personal trainer.  However, especially for someone fairly new to working out, it’s important to know all personal trainers are not created equal.

The fitness industry produces thousands of new personal trainers each year, many of which lack critical skills required to excel in the profession. Don’t just accept the first trainer you come across.  Finding the very best personal trainer for you will require some work, but looking for these 5 key attributes will make your work easier.

1) Communication

By far the most important personal training skill is communication.  Top personal trainers listen closely to their clients and obtain a keen understanding of what the client wants to achieve and why that achievement is important to them.  Likewise, the best personal trainers excel in communicating to their clients what needs Continue reading

Getting Started Part 2 – Diet For Men Over 50

In this three-part series, looks at the key fundamentals for men over 50 getting started on life-changing health and fitness habits.

Part 2 – Diet For Men Over 50

Part 1 – Men over 50 Need Fitness Goals

After goal setting, your first and possibly most important step in getting fit is the diet.  An old adage in the fitness industry is that great bodies are made in the kitchen.  Remember that.  You

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Men over 50 need a focus on diet management

can labor for hours, days, and months in the gym, but if you don’t have the diet right you will never look and feel your best.

Getting on the right kind of diet has two basic components:  1) eating the right things, and 2) eating the right amounts of the right things.  These two aspects of healthy eating are really inseparable, you will need to do both as the former has to do with giving your body what it needs and the latter has to do with calorie control.

Eating the Right Things

You’ve got to get this one right, period.  It all starts at the grocery store and your shopping habits, because if you bring only the right foods into your home then you’re much more likely to eat the right things.

Eating the right things stats with a macronutrient view, that is balancing the three main categories of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Protein should come from meats, which can include lean beef, pork, chicken, and fish.  Don’t be too concerned about what kind of meat you have (with the exception of ground beef), believe it or not fat’s not as bad as you might think.

Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are much trickier.  You’ll need to understand the glycemic index, which basically indicates a quickly our bodies break carbohydrates into glucose.  Highly glycemic carbs do some crazy things to the body, most of them not good.  Therefore, you’ll want to focus your diet on low-glycemic carbs, mostly from vegetables.

Last comes fat, and our understand of the role fats play has been evolving pretty rapidly over the past decade.  Basically, we have two main fat categories, omega 3 and omega 6.  While both types help our bodies operate in important ways, omega 3 acts as an Continue reading

Men Over 50 Need Fitness Goals

In this three-part series, looks at the key fundamentals for men over 50 getting started on life-changing health and fitness habits.

Part 1 – Men over 50 Need Fitness Goals

If you’re a man over 50 wanting to lose weight, gain muscle, and generally get toned and fit, you need a starting point.  As with most journeys, the first step can often be the hardest part.

Get in shape after 50

Get started now, it’s never too late.

If you’ve been out of shape for a while or if you’ve never really ever been in shape, the task my seem overwhelming.  So the best approach in situations like this is breaking the task down into smaller components that become achievable tasks with tangency to the question “what do I need to actually do every day”.

Establish a Goal

The old management phrase “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” applies here to fitness goals for senior men.  It’s simply not enough to say “I want to lose weight and get into shape”.

What does that really mean?

First, senior men need to identify what’s important to them from a fitness standpoint.  Goals must be personal because motivation comes from a desire to achieve passionate goals.

Do you want to become stronger for a sport or for a hobby?  Do you want to like what you see in the Continue reading

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