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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.

Apr 20, 2018

Dr. Darin and Trent dive into the first of the Foundations series of episodes with an exploration of the 10 General Physical Skills, which are in no particular order:

  1. Endurance
  2. Stamina
  3. Strength
  4. Flexibility
  5. Power
  6. Speed
  7. Coordination
  8. Agility
  9. Balance
  10. Accuracy


In this episode Coach D explains why strength is the basis for all the other physical skills, and why it should be trained first and foremost. Strength is, simply put, the ability to produce force against external resistance. That external resistance could be other objects, like a barbell or a kettlebell, even common household items like lawnmowers and sacks of rice; however the most common external resistance we face, every moment of our lives, is gravity. The mass of the Earth tries to pull us down into it, and we must use our muscles to produce force to keep our bodies upright, to walk, run, bend, stand up... you name it.


As a result, increasing force production, or strength, makes us better at all of these things. Put another way, strength is essential to all human movement, and thus affects all other physical skills. So in our journey to achieve better fitness and better health, we prioritize strength first, then train the other skills. As Mark Rippetoe, a barbell coach of over 40 years and author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, puts it: "Strong people are harder to kill... and more useful in general."


In the next episode we will discuss how to get strong, what exercises you should be doing, how and how often you should perform them, and the best sources for learning how to strength train.