Fit Over 40

I turned 42 this past Thursday on January 11, 2018.

It was a strange sensation because I don’t feel like whatever being middle aged, in your 40’s is supposed to feel like.

Even though the years are flying by, and the faster these years seem to pass by the older I get, I don’t feel much different than I did when I was in my 30’s. Physically I’m still doing the same amount of activity that I did when I was in my 30’s and in fact I am physically stronger at 42 than I was when I was in my 30’s; and I know that mentally I’m much wiser and more at ease with myself and the flow of the universe.

When I tell people who are new in my life my age they are always shocked. They always assume that I am 10 years younger than my actual age.

Every age has its myths and challenges. I am not saying that I am immune to the forces of aging, but I am saying that age is what you make of it. It’s a mindset.

In addition, the forces of aging impact everyone differently at different ages depending on genetics, lifestyle, and current health.

Yes, it is true that we have the potential to lose 5 pounds of lean mass per decade starting at age 25. That means that by the time that we are 65 we could potentially lose 20lbs of lean mass.

Yes, it is true that we have the potential to experience a 2-4% decline in our Resting Metabolic Rate per decade starting at age 25.

HOWEVER, regular strength training, and high intensity activities like kettlebell training, and other types of interval training, and a healthy diet filled with nutrient dense, unprocessed foods can prevent this from happening.

YES, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest, and the more you preserve the muscle you have and slow down the aforementioned process of aging.

Daily exercise, especially strength training, plus following a nutrition routine that fuels your body for energy, performance, and recovery, is the magic to building and maintaining a strong body and mind inside and out whether you are 26 or 42 and especially if you are 42 and growing older. This is the magic formula that helps you to defy the aforementioned facts of “normal” aging.

Age is truly the number you make it to be and “unsexy” training methods are the fountain of youth and produce very sexy results.

I was warned as to what would happen to me when I turned 30. I was warned as to what would happen to me when I turned 35. I was warned as to what would happen to me when I turned 40 and now I’m warned by those senior to me as to what will happen when I turn 45, 50, etc.

All of those warnings have yet to become truths. Maybe it’s my genetics, lifestyle, current health or maybe it’s my mindset.

I know that menopause and the hormonal changes that come with it are in my future and that there will probably be an age that is a significant turning point for me.

But regardless of all of this, I will never let my age limit me from living my life, exploring, and taking risks.

If I let the number of my age dictate whether or not I could do something then I would not have competed in my first powerlifting competition and deadlifted 300lbs at 115lbs bodyweight one month before my 40th birthday.

Let’s prove the stereotypes of aging to be wrong and the myths to be just that, MYTHS. Keep moving, lifting, running, cycling, dancing, exploring, trying new things, and taking risks.

Let’s not only be older and wiser, but also STRONGER than yesterday.

Learn the “unsexy” training methods that produce sexy results at my women’s strength workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift® on March 11, 2018 at Barbell Republic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get the details and register HERE.

At the Lift® workshop you will learn,

  • The importance and benefits of strength training and why being strong trumps the scale and being “toned”.
  • Kettlebell Lifts
    • Deadlift
    • Front Squat
    • Military Press
    • Two Handed Swing
  • Barbell Lifts*
    • Back Squat
    • Bench Press
    • Deadlift
    • *(If time Front Squat and Military Press will be taught as accessory exercises to Back Squat and Bench Press)
  • Bodyweight and Core:
    • Pull-up
    • Push-up
    • Hanging Leg Raise
    • Ab Wheel Rollout
  • Strong Mindset Strategies such as how to improve your inner dialogue, and own your lifts in the gym.
  • Strength Program Design

NOTE: There are practice segments and practical hands-on workouts throughout the workshop.

Personal Trainers who attend will receive .8 NASM CEUs for attending the workshop.

You can register directly for the workshop HERE

This workshop is appropriate for women who lift of ALL levels, from beginners to advanced lifters.  From women who have never lifted weights before who want to learn the basics of a push-up or how to achieve their first unassisted pull-up, and for those advanced lifters who want to take their training to the next level by improving program design or by learning new techniques to work towards a specific strength goal such as a weighted pull-up, a new 1 rep max for barbell deadlift, or a max bodyweight press. This workshop will help you to sharpen skills and learn programming in order to reach your goal.

I hope that you that you will join me for this phenomenal and life changing event!

Register HERE

Yours in Strength,

Artemis 

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