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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.

Jun 7, 2019

It's a busy time of year at Deaton ranch, with tons of hay waiting to be bailed, barns being built, and horses needing to be worked. Recently, while working out a small gelding in the arena, Darin got bucked and -- because he was using an unfamiliar saddle -- was unable to kick off properly to avoid getting pinned by the falling horse. The 800lbs gelding landed squarely on his outstretched left leg, on the knee. In today's show, Coach D walks through his process of dealing with the injury, from assessment to treatment and rehab, as well as maintaining a positive mindset.


Several people were with Darin when the fall occurred, and they responded with alarm, telling him how bad it looked and wondering if he was OK. It's easy in these situations to let the emotional response of others override your logical brain, and convince yourself that you are indeed badly hurt before you've done a calm self-assessment. So Darin told them to give him some space, he got up, and started walking to determine the extent of the injury. In a fair amount of pain but able to walk, he got up on another horse (with a more appropriate saddle) and continued to ride and finish the day.


Fortunately, Darin is an expert in dealing with orthopedic injuries so he was able to self-diagnose that he didn't have any major structural damage, just a heck of a nasty bruise. So, at the end of the day he jumped in the cistern for a cool bath, and iced his knee at night. The next day he trained as normal, carefully assessing his squat warm ups to determine how heavy he could squat without pain.


So by taking a calm, logical approach to a scary and unexpected accident, Darin was able to properly assess the situation, manage his emotions, get back to movement quickly, and maintain a positive mindset.


Coach D's keys to managing injuries:

  1. Don't react, respond. Stay calm, slow down, and logically assess the situation.
  2. Avoid the emotional reaction of the people around you. Focus on how you are feeling, asses your pain level, and decide how urgent you need 
  3. Get an accurate diagnosis immediately. The diagnosis will determine the timeline and nature of your recovery/rehab process.
  4. Get moving as quickly as possible. Motion is lotion! Moving will promote healing in the injured tissues and, importantly, keep your mindset positive as you focus on what you can do.


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