Meet Dave Andrien! He is a client at MFitness For Life. He’s been training for 3 or 4 years now. We actually met at his buddy Karl’s, who’s family has worked out with me for years, prior to opening up my studio.
I’d say Dave was humbled by his first 6 months of training. We did a lot of work on strength and power with a sandbag and I remember watching him try to pass the DVRT Clean and Press Test. It took a couple of tries, but he got it. You wouldn’t think 40 clean and presses with an 80 pound burly bag in 5 minutes would be that horrific. Ha! Think again!
Dave mentions how important training is for his relationship, what he left out was how his wife grabs his a$$ now! LOL! Good for you, Dave. Keepin’ it real! He is also crushing it racing on a dragonboat team!
Here’s what Dave has to say about Fitness in his 50’s:
Staying fit at 57 even though it hurts to train sometimes, keeps you from hurting for the wrong reasons. I’m sore at 50 because I’m keeping atrophy away.
It’s important that your spouse knows you’re working hard to have a stronger physical and mental presence in their life and your relationship.
When I was 45, I would hike a 30 mile loop in a few days and feel like I was doing something. Now I look forward to my next 120 mile one week trip. I’ve done much more than that because I’m in better shape than when I was 30.
When I was younger it was easy to phone it in. Although I would cycle a lot, I didn’t pay attention to recovery or diet. Now it’s a must.
To be honest now that I’m 57 I know at a primal level that all that matters is “a rolling stone gathers no moss”. There is no greater gift than health and a lack of it is truly disheartening.
I’m hiking a nice piece of the Appalachian trail in April because I work out to be able so. I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, so I have to keep at it.
Also I discovered Hiit (High Intensity Interval Training) after 50. I wish I’d started sooner. I’m an old dude but I can hang with anyone at my construction job mainly because I train.