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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.

Sep 7, 2018

Journals aren't just for recording your feelz... they are a useful training tool too. Even in today's frenzied technology age, good old pen and paper are the best tools for logging your training and developing a deeper understanding of how well your training is driving you toward your goals.


That's not to say there's no place for apps and spreadsheets. These digital tools offer the ability to track trends and metrics very easily and can be accessed on a variety of devices. Yet, the tactile experience of recording your training and training notes in a physical logbook engages the brain in a way that typed notes do not. A recent Princeton and UCLA study compared two cohorts - one asked to record notes on assigned reading materials by hand in a notebook, and another asked to record the same notes in a computer via keyboard - and found that the group recording notes by hand gained a deeper understanding of the principles in the material, and retained that knowledge for a longer period of time. The researchers noted that handwriting offers tactile feedback, perhaps due to the greater amount of fine motor skills involved compared to typing, which causes the brain to pause and consider what is being written more deeply. Typing on a keyboard, on the other hand, does not confer the same degree of tactile feedback, thus it was not as effective for retaining knowledge.


Needless to say, it's not much effort to log your training on paper. As a novice trainee, learning to use the programming jargon of set and rep schemes by writing them down is helpful when communicating with your coach. As your training progresses, recording notes about how you felt each day - whether it's a formalized assessment of effort like RPE or simply a note about the subjective experience of training that day - will provide useful data on how you respond to various programming methods. Some workouts, like conditioning workouts involving circuits, EMOMs, and anything involving a variety of exercises with different sets and reps, are difficult to log accurately in a spreadsheet or app. Using a journal in this case makes it easier to track your performance in those workouts.


Bottom line, if it's worth doing, it's worth writing down. Go ahead and use your Fitbot account, spreadsheet, or app of choice, but log in your notebook too. Years and many reps later, you'll thank yourself for the wealth of training data you have built!


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