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What is 40fit?

40fit supports a community of athletes age 40+ with Fitness, Community and Lifestyle resources. The goal is to support performance, lifestyle and quality of life for 40 plus athletes. By combining the resources of evidenced based science, anecdotal experience, and the community, individuals are challenged to look at aging through a refreshing perspective and reach their maximum genetic potential.


The more I trained using various methods, the more I realized there was something missing.  I noticed that even though I was significantly more fit than most of my peers, my experience in training was not the same as the “younger crowd.” The higher my fitness level became, the more I realized the value of fitness and lifestyle factors that I paid less attention to in the past. This is true for almost any athlete seeking higher levels of performance and capacity. Any inexperienced athlete can make quick and sometimes astonishing gains.

40fit programming is based on my own personal experiences as an athlete, evidenced based science and the collective experiences of the community. The programming model is a conjugate of these inputs and represents an adaptive construct to support the maximum genetic potential of each individual athlete. There is no one system that can meet the needs of all individuals, and anyone who would tell you otherwise is selling something for the purposes of selling something. The programming in the training model will constantly change and be a work in progress. We will not follow fads or training techniques just because someone else recommends them or they have become sexy. The foundation of any training should be based on what works, not what sells. I know that puts us at a significant disadvantage to spread the word, but I hope that the results of those who engage in our training will be evidence enough.

Jan 4, 2019

Coach D sits down with dietician and Starting Strength Coach Robert Santana to talk about the million dollar question: how do you lose fat, and keep it off? First, it's important to understand why we get fat -- the body chemistry of fat and muscle gain -- and where we've missed the mark on the science of fat loss in our modern culture.


Santana discusses the phenomenon of the skinny fat body, sometimes referred to as "dad bod," and why we need to shift our ideas about "weight loss" toward "muscle gain." Many people who fall into the normal and overweight category, typically as measured by BMI, don't need to lose weight per se, but rather gain muscle and lose bodyfat. Thus, the scale is the wrong tool for measuring progress. Instead, these people should focus on tracking waist measurement, bodyfat (via a simple test like skinfold caliper test), and their progress under the bar. Yes, they should be weight training!


As he explains, metabolism is largely driven by the metabolic rate at rest. Physical activity only contributes a small amount of the total calories burned each day, less than 25%. Consequently, building muscle mass drives far more calorie burn than cardiovascular training. Muscle mass also improves nutrient partitioning, or the body's ability to route incoming calories toward productive processes like muscle protein synthesis (as the name implies, the production and renewal of muscle mass) instead of fat storage.


Santana will join us again next week to dispel more myths about dieting, nutrition, and fat loss, so stay tuned with 40fit Radio!


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